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.