Increases in Litter

MQT on 2007-05-23
Session date: 
May 23, 2007
Question By: 
Murad Qureshi
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Are you planning to make any recommendations as to how the significant increase in litter caused by the smoking ban should be dealt with from July onwards?


Answer for Increases in Litter

Answer for Increases in Litter

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I am of the view, as is the Government, that whilst individuals must take responsibility for disposing of their litter appropriately, businesses and employers also have a role to play in ensuring adequate disposal facilities are available to smokers. Although most offices have been in this position for some time, it is the hospitality industry and particularly pubs, bars and restaurants that will need to adapt. Through the Capital Standards programme, I will be:* encouraging London boroughs to educate businesses in their area to provide adequate disposal facilities outside their premises and, where encouragement fails, to use the powers they have to enforce this action,* partnering with Encams to enhance the national smoking litter campaign in London,* encouraging London boroughs to undertake localised campaigns designed to educate smokers as part of the Capital Clean-up campaign. Closer to home, my officers are in discussion with More London on how we can ensure adequate provision on the estate and I expect all City Hall staff and visitors to use these provisions. I will also be writing to the signatories of my Green Procurement Code encouraging them to take measures to reduce the presence of smoking litter.