Free Newspapers

MQT on 2006-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2006
Question By: 
Mike Tuffrey
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Will you ask Associated Newspapers and News International to pay for recycling bins to be provided across London to cope with the new evening free sheets being distributed on the streets?


Answer for Free Newspapers

Answer for Free Newspapers

Answered By: 
The Mayor

London's boroughs and the Corporation of London, not the GLA, are responsible for cleaning London's streets. They have strong powers to tackle litter. Under the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment 2005 Act, Schedule 3a, free distribution of printed matter on designated land, authorities may designate land where it is an offence to distribute printed matter without the consent of the Planning Authority. In granting consent, the authority can charge a fee and apply conditions, which could conceivably include the provision of and/or funding newspaper recycling bins. There are already over 300 commuter recycling bins outside Tube and train stations, which in most areas are very successful in helping to divert newspapers away from the litter bin. I would like London's boroughs to work with the distributors of these newspapers so they act more responsibly. I will ask London councillors what measures they intend to take to address the issues.