London's falling recycling rate

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-03-25
Session date: 
March 25, 2015
Reference: 
2015/1139
Question By: 
Stephen Knight
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

To what extent is the range of different waste collection methods currently used across London responsible for the city's falling recycling rate? What, if any, plans do you have to encourage boroughs to work more closely together in order to achieve a 50 per cent recycling rate by 2020?

Answer

Answer for London's falling recycling rate

Answer for London's falling recycling rate

Answered By: 
The Mayor

London's varied waste and recycling collection services, combined with a high proportion of high-density housing and a rapidly growing and transient population, add to the challenge for achieving high recycling performance in the capital.

It is London's boroughs, who are responsible for the collection and disposal of municipal waste. Working with the London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB), we have invested tens of millions of pounds into efficiency programmes and infrastructure to support boroughs deliver cost effective services to drive up recycling rates. LWARB's 2015-2020 borough support programme (Resource London) will include a London Recycling Guarantee to help achieve consistency across the range of materials collected for recycling, whilst also increasing the quality of service offered to residents and maximising recycling rates. Resource London will work with London Councils TEC to develop and implement a recycling guarantee brand. This will be promoted to London boroughs to sign up to based on its benefits.