TfL Recycling

MQT on 2009-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2009
Question By: 
Mike Tuffrey
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


How many tonnes of Commercial and Industrial waste were collected by TfL in London in 2008/9 and what percentage was recycled? What happens to the remaining waste and what will you do to increase recycling rates? What target for recycling will be set for 2009/10?


Answer for TfL Recycling

Answer for TfL Recycling

Answered By: 
The Mayor

TfL officers are currently compiling this information and will shortly send a response.

Information provided on 27 November 2009:

In 2008/09, TfL collected 19,100 tonnes of commercial and industrial waste. Of this, 38% was recycled. The remainder of the waste was largely disposed of to landfill or incinerated.

Recycling targets have been set across much of TfL but there is not a TfL wide target. London Underground has a target to recycle 45% of commercial and industrial waste in 2009/10. London Buses has a target to recycle 10 tonnes of paper from offices and bus stations (excluding customer waste) in 2009/10. The other modes focus their targets on recycling construction and demolition waste, as that is their bigger environmental impact, for example, Crossrail will set a 90% recycling target for demolition waste. A number of initiatives are in place to improve recycling rates across TfL and with contractors and progress is reported in the annual Environment Report which is published on TfL's website.

I have asked TfL to review its group wide Commercial and Industrial recycling performance and targets to ensure these are sufficiently ambitious.