Exporting London's landfill waste to Bristol

MQT on 2013-05-22
Session date: 
May 22, 2013
Question By: 
Jenny Jones
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Can you explain how exporting 300,000 tonnes of London's landfill waste each year, over a contract period of 25 years for incineration close to Bristol is consistent with your 2011 Municipal Waste Strategy objectives of managing most of London's municipal waste within London's boundaries, and with your waste hierarchy?


Answer for Exporting London's landfill waste to Bristol

Answer for Exporting London's landfill waste to Bristol

Answered By: 
The Mayor

My Municipal Waste Management Strategy does not require London's municipal waste to be managed in London as that is beyond the powers of the Mayor. The London Plan states London should be 100 per cent net self-sufficient in terms of waste management by 2031 by requiring London boroughs to identify sufficient land to manage the equivalent of all of London's municipal, commercial and industrial waste. However municipal waste contracts are tendered through an open European procurement process. Unless specified by the procuring authority, political boundaries are not a requisite consideration and I do not have powers to interfere with this process.