Waste policy

Waste policy

Our waste plans for London are set out in two strategies: London's Wasted Resource, on the management of municipal waste, and Making Business Sense of Waste. We work with the London Waste and Recycling Board, local authorities and businesses to help deliver cost effective waste and recycling services in London.

The Mayor's Municipal Waste Management Strategy

Our waste policies are driven by the London Plan.

London’s Wasted Resource sets out our policies and proposals for reducing the amount of municipal waste produced, increasing the amount of waste reused, recycled or composted, and generating low carbon energy from waste remaining. This strategy also sets out how through the London Waste and Recycling Board, we will help develop more waste management infrastructure in London.

We have developed a greenhouse gas emissions performance standard (EPS) for all of London's municipal waste management activities to work towards achieving a world city first. This innovative approach supports waste and recycling services, technologies and techniques delivering the greatest carbon dioxide and cost saving benefits. More information on the EPS can be found in Policy 2 of London's Wasted Resource.Boroughs and waste operators can assess the greenhouse gas performance of waste management options against the Mayor’s EPS using an online calculator together with the an easy-to-follow User Manual.

The Mayor’s Business Waste Management Strategy

Making Business Sense of Waste is our first strategy for London’s business waste. It sets out initiatives and case studies to help all kinds of London’s businesses, from shops, restaurants, office buildings, manufacturers to construction companies to save money, inspire new business ideas, and reduce harm to the environment. Two flagship programmes, including FoodSave and the Mayor’s Entrepreneur, are a result of this strategy.