Recycling on the underground

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


What tonnage of waste is collected by Tubelines, and what tonnage by LU? Proportionately how much is recycled by Tubelines and LU and how much does this cost?


Answer for Recycling on the underground

Answer for Recycling on the underground

Answered By: 
The Mayor

We estimate that Tube Lines (TL) collected approximately 1250 tonnes of waste from the stations and depots on the London Underground (LU) network for which it is responsible from April-September 2009 and that LU collected approximately 2000 tonnes of waste from the rest of stations and depots on the LU network. During these six months, we estimate that approximately 50% of material was recycled across both TL and LU; an exact split is not available as much of the waste is collected in joint TL/LU collections.

Cost information is not available for waste collections from Tube Lines because this service is provided within the terms of the PPP contract. The combined cost of the waste and scrap management service for the LU lines (which includes collection of waste/recycling, transport to waste transfer/recycling/disposal location and gate fees at the relevant site) last financial year (2008/09) was circa £2.8m.