Environmental Impact of Free Newspapers

Meeting: 
MQT on 2006-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2006
Reference: 
2006/2316
Question By: 
Roger Evans
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Since the introduction of the new freesheets, The Londoner and London Lite, how many extra tones of rubbish have been generated, and how are London Underground and the Infracos dealing with the problem? What plans do you have to recycle this extra waste?

Answer

Answer for Environmental Impact of Free Newspapers

Answer for Environmental Impact of Free Newspapers

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The introduction of the new free newspapers the London Paper and the London Lite has resulted in a significant increase in the amount of waste generated in London Underground trains and at stations - from an average 3.5 tonnes each day to an average of 5 tonnes each day.Both PPP suppliers participate in paper recycling at London Underground stations and depots and have expanded this service in recent months. Tube Lines provides a dedicated paper recycling service to 47 locations whereby newspapers and magazines are separated from general waste at source and are then sent for recycling. Metronet has plans to trial a dedicated paper recycling service at a number of stations and depots across the network. Where a dedicated paper recycling service is not feasible - either for reasons of space or because the volume of paper collected is too small - Tube Lines and Metronet participate in the station paper recycling schemes where paper for recycling is placed in paper recycling boxes, stored with the general waste and is then separated from general waste at a waste transfer station.