Recycling rates fall

MQT on 2014-12-17
Session date: 
December 17, 2014
Question By: 
Jenny Jones
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


The published data for 2013/14 revealed that, for the first time since the GLA was set-up, London's overall recycling rate fell. Bearing this, and your 2015 recycling target in mind, will you call for an independent review of the effectiveness of your waste policies and your London Waste and Recycling Board?


Answer for Recycling rates fall

Answer for Recycling rates fall

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Although my Office does not have responsibility for collecting waste and recycling, I am concerned by the levelling off of recycling rates - a trend happening across the whole country and not just London. Recycling levels across the capital do vary with some boroughs achieving levels in line with some of the highest in the country, whilst parts of the city also face a number of challenges including transient population and high proportions of multi-occupancy housing that can make recycling difficult.

I do not consider an independent review of my Waste policies or LWARB necessary. I have set ambitious targets for boroughs to meet and working with the London Waste and Recycling Board, tens of millions of pounds are being invested into efficiency programmes and infrastructure that will support boroughs in driving up recycling rates. More information on the 2015-2020 LWARB work programme can be found at