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About Us

Capacity Building

The Wheel is building Merton’s capacity to reduce waste, reuse and recycle what we can locally. This online hub aims to link existing circular initiatives and enterprises with residents & businesses, raise awareness, support volunteering networks, skill-share opportunities and improve connectivity. Check out the circular economy signposts we have put together. 

The Wheel is also part of ReLondon's circular neighbourhoods collaborative initiative.

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Why is this important?

To achieve net-zero.

This project is grounded in waste reduction and the circular economy and directly contributes to Merton Council’s target of achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050. But no council can achieve it’s target without support from the community. We aim to support the community to take action to reduce the amount of waste we send to landfill, incinerate or export to other countries and live in more circular neighbourhoods.

Where did the name come

The name ‘The Wheel’ symbolises the circular economy and Merton's heritage water mills. Merton is a South London borough, home to the world renowned Wimbledon tennis, green spaces, educational institutions, 88,000 homes, over 200,000 residents and 7000 businesses. See here for more information. 

Meet The Team

Ramya is a firm believer and advocate of the circular economy. She grew up in a home and culture where every item was valued, used and reused for years, repair was the norm, things weren’t unnecessarily wrapped in plastic and less was more. She is a community activator, dot connector and do-er. She is a scientist by training and worked in the private energy sector for many years but changed course to contribute to a more socially just climate transition. She is excited to be leading initiatives like The Wheel which are part of her borough’s climate strategy implementation and action plan and getting everyone in the community talking about and playing a role in this.

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Ramya Venkataraman

Project manager


Mary Hanover

Senior communications advisor

Mary is passionate about helping NGOs and ethical brands expand their reach with PR and social media. She recently joined Sustainable Merton to provide additional support and help launch The Wheel. Previously Mary managed the celebrity & influencer marketing for The World Refill Day annual public awareness campaign and worked at COP26 in Glasgow managing PR for a Youth Climate Summit. She is a Womble in the true sense of the word, having grown up in the middle of Wimbledon Common where, as a child,  she used to ride her pony after school every day. More than 40 years on, and she still lives in the same spot on Wimbledon Common with her husband and three children! She is delighted to be working with the team at Sustainable Merton on the array of local projects, helping her own borough achieve a greener, more sustainable future. 

Organisations we are working with

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