Matthew Thomson

chief executive

Matthew Thomson
tel: +44 20 7324 4690
fax: +44 20 7324 4700

London Community Recycling Network
Grayston Centre, 28 Charles Square, , N1 6HT , London , UK

London CRN is a network of voluntary and community groups, social enterprises and determined citizens who tackle waste by creating recycling and reuse solutions. We take a `world city` approach to community-based sustainable resource management engaging people and organisations in resource-efficient urban living, to protect the environment and tackle poverty.

We are grassroots-led but work strategically to support, represent and develop social purpose reuse and recycling organisations in London, and are co-founders of the UK Reconomy partnership incorporating CRN UK, Furniture Reuse Network, Community Composting Network, Cylch and CRN Scotland. Members of the network provide services in waste prevention, recycling, reuse and reprocessing and related activities. Services are carried out as standalone activities or in partnership with other organisations from a variety of sectors.

London CRN is a UK registered charity and a company limited by guarantee.

score interest / role:
We recognise that the reduction of demand is key to the prevention of waste. For example, one third of food bought in the UK is thrown away. We work to reduce that wastage, to manage any waste arising sustainably to create compost and energy, and to help people consume more efficiently in the first place. London currently produces 18 million tons of waste a year, much of it shipped overseas. We must work to improve the sustainability of our city`s consumption as well as reducing its global footprint.