Collective waste authority target in the draft Environment Strategy

Meeting: 
MQT on 2017-12-14
Session date: 
December 14, 2017
Reference: 
2017/4983
Question By: 
Caroline Russell
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Are you concerned that the proposed collective waste authority recycling target in your draft Environment Strategy could result in the four London boroughs with the worst recycling records in London, making little or no effort to improve?

Answer

Answer for Collective waste authority target in the draft Environment Strategy

Answer for Collective waste authority target in the draft Environment Strategy

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I believe that it is in every London borough's interest to improve its recycling rate because that's what their residents want and because traditional disposal routes such as incineration and landfill are becoming increasingly expensive.

In my draft Environment Strategy, I have consulted on whether borough-level recycling targets are required to drive higher recycling rates and importantly avoid under performance at the local level. I will consider the responses before publishing my final strategy in 2018. I have set a minimum level of service requiring the collection of the six main dry recyclable materials and food waste that all boroughs will need to provide to every household, including flats where practicable to do so. Some boroughs face challenges to increase their recycling rates, especially those with high proportions of high density housing and those with limited funding to improve recycling services in a cost-effective way. Therefore, through the London Waste and Recycling Board, I am also providing up to £9m (from 2017 to 2020) to help London's waste authorities overcome these challenges. This includes £1 million to specifically tackle recycling performance in flats.