Recycling in London

MQT on 2016-01-20
Session date: 
January 20, 2016
Question By: 
Murad Qureshi
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Recycling rates are dropping across London. Is this the strategic legacy of your mayoralty on waste and recycling?


Answer for Recycling in London

Answer for Recycling in London

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Recycling rates have plateaued for the last 3 years - something that is happening across the country and not just London. I have said many times before, the challenges in London for providing high quality effective services are many .  Constraints include those on recycling storage space with increasing high density housing, transient populations, and far less garden waste to prop up our weight-based recycling performance than that afforded by our neighbouring Counties.

Of course more must be done to improve London's performance and my strategic legacy will be via LWARB continuing to fund new recycling infrastructure, and fund schemes to boost local authority rates through LWARB's new Resource London programme.  More information on Resource London found here