Mayor's 2015 recycling forecast

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


Last year when I asked you (2013/0859) where you expected London's overall recycling rate to be in 2015, you said "I want London to achieve a 45 per cent municipal waste recycling rate as forecasted in my municipal waste management strategy".  Given that the latest recycling figures reveal that London only managed to recycle 33.9 per cent of its household waste in 2013/14 and less than the previous year, what is your recycling forecast for 2015?


Answer for Mayor's 2015 recycling forecast

Answer for Mayor's 2015 recycling forecast

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I still want London to reach my 45% recycling target in 2015/16. This is indeed an ambitious target that requires a step change in recycling performance and recycling behaviour in the home. Through the London Waste and Recycling Board I have invested millions to support boroughs  to provide cost effective recycling services, and build new recycling infrastructure including London's first anaerobic digestion facility, plastic bottle facility, and plastic bag recycling facility.

In its 2015-2020 work programme LWARB is making a further £20m available to support new waste infrastructure and £4.6 million for supporting boroughs to promote and deliver better recycling services across London. I believe these measures, along with the continuing rise in waste disposal costs will trigger the step change necessary to get Londoners recycling more.   

Please also see my response to MQ5031 / 2014.