Guide to improving waste management in the domestic rented sector

Waste in Rented Sector Guide

A guide has been launched by Resource London and the London Environment Directors Network (LEDNET), which identifies a number of areas in which London Boroughs can work more effectively with tenants and landlords to tackle waste management problems in the domestic rented sector.

The guide has been prepared with specialist waste management input from Eunomia, who were commissioned to develop the guide, after research suggested that issues including excess waste, difficulty in containing waste, and high levels of recycling contamination from the rented sector contribute to poor street scene and represent a barrier to reinvigorating recycling in London

The guide provides a number of recommendations, which will have relevance to local government outside of Greater London, covers communications, collaboration, tenancy agreements, waste collection service provision and policies, licensing and enforcement.

The key recommendations are:

  • Incorporating waste management into landlord licensing processes
  • Using tenancy agreements to communicate responsibilities to tenants
  • Make targeted communications for landlords and tenants on responsibilities and how to use the waste services available.

The guide and its appendix are available to download at the following links:

Guide to Improving Waste Management in the Domestic Rented Sector

Appendix to the Guide


  1. If you are a Landlord, Tenant or London Council, review your current activities,  in relation to waste management & understand how the Guide can assist in more effective waste management as a compliance obligation.
  2. Consider the application of the Legislation highlighted in the Appendix section: Legislative Provisions (Page 37 – 47) to your activities and as your compliance obligations.
  3. Consider your role as a Landlord, Tenant or London Council & opportunities to develop further co-operation or collaboration in the area of waste management.
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