Burning waste (Supplementary) [1]

Session date: 
December 14, 2017
Question By: 
Leonie Cooper
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Leonie Cooper AM:  Thank you very much, Chair.  Yes, Assembly Member Russell went down to my constituency to visit Bio Collectors this morning, which I had visited previously.  What is really encouraging is that the draft Environment Strategy talks about separating the six main recyclables and encouraging the separation of food waste.  The Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) has made it absolutely clear in all its reports that once people start to separate, the amount goes down. 


The concern about potential issues relating to the South London Waste Partnership probably is one step behind the possibility of us encouraging people, if they have break clauses at the moment with their arrangements for sending material to Belvedere, to exercise a break clause and take the food waste out.  For example, Wandsworth does not segregate food waste.  I suspect that might be to do with why the figures have gone down for the Western Riverside Waste Authority.  There are some problems in east London with the Shanks contract.  Would you ask the Deputy Mayor for Environment and Energy to work closely with those boroughs on how they can most effectively exercise break clauses so that we can start to get more food waste into the anaerobic digestors that are available in London?  Evidence submitted to our waste inquiry at the Environment Committee has shown that they are all underused.  

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Answer for Burning waste (Supplementary) [1]

Answer for Burning waste (Supplementary) [1]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London):  First, can I suggest that I ask my Deputy Mayor to speak to London Councils about what advice and guidance London Councils can give these councils, as well as us, providing them with the expertise that we have?  Secondly, one of the reasons why we are providing £9 million to London’s waste authorities is to help them with recycling, especially in flats.  I suspect part of the reason why there has been a reduction in recycling is because there are more flats, a proliferation of flats, and fewer kerbside facilities available.  That is one reason I am trying to help local authorities with kerbside recycling and flats.  I am happy to take up your suggestion.  That is what I will probably ask Shirley [Rodrigues, Deputy Mayor for Environment and Energy] to do, to speak to London Councils and see how we can provide those councils with help in relation to, question, “Are there break clauses?  Can they look into the contracts they currently have?”

Leonie Cooper AM:  Thank you very much, Mr Mayor.