Commitments (Supplementary) [3]

Session date: 
October 17, 2001
Question By: 
Roger Evans
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Jenny has convinced me it is a good idea, anyway - if we were in any doubt.

At a recent knockabout session, otherwise known as Mayor's Question Time, you made the commitment that, in its waste disposal, Sutton Council was "setting a high standard, which I would like the rest of London to achieve".

Graham Tope: It still is.

Roger Evans: When you said that, was it your aspiration - I think that is the word you used - that Londoners should have to wait two weeks to have their rubbish collected while it rotted outside? Was it your aspiration that every council should overspend on its budget for collecting rubbish by £1.7 million a year because it then has to separate the rubbish which the public have refused to segregate? Was it your aspiration that every London authority should over-inflate its recycling figures, thus throwing out your whole waste strategy? Have your aspirations changed at all since you made that statement?

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Answer for Commitments (Supplementary) [3]

Answer for Commitments (Supplementary) [3]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

No, I would still like London boroughs to achieve the level of recycling that Sutton has done. I would hope that Londoners do not put rotting material in their dustbin but that they compost it in their home composting bins, which I assume Sutton Council has provided, as Brent Council has and as I do. Every bit of my food waste - with the exception of cheese and meat - goes into my own home composter, which I then manage myself. That is what we want to get across London.