Recycling on the Overground

MQT on 2012-03-14
Session date: 
March 14, 2012
Question By: 
Navin Shah
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Will the Mayor review London Overground's use of three different kinds of litter bins? There are numerous borough policies involved, including changed co-mingled recycling, and there is day-to-day misuse of green and clear plastic bags by cleaning staff. Will he remove all isolated recycling bags, used by the public for all litter, and only install a single kind of green recycling bag, and always with a clear general litter bag immediately alongside?


Answer for Recycling on the Overground

Answer for Recycling on the Overground

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The existing recycling system on the London Overground network has resulted in a dramatic increase in the proportion of waste recycled - from only 6% in 2008/09 to 51% in 2010/11, including litter left both on trains and at stations.

Waste collection and recycling is managed on a network wide basis, which is the most efficient approach, but that does mean that recycling arrangements in the station may be different to the arrangements adopted by the relevant borough for on-street recycling.

Suitable locations for litter bins on stations are very restricted as they need to be prominently located to ensure use by passengers while not impeding passenger flows. This does sometimes mean that the different types of bin cannot be located immediately adjacent to each other.

TfL will review the requirements placed on the London Overground operator regarding recycling and waste disposal when the concession is renewed, currently planned for November 2014.