Sadiq Khan makes bold recycling pledges for London

Written by: Jo Gallacher | Published:
Khan has pledged to increase London's recycling rates from 33% to 42%

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has pledged to increase London's household recycling rates from 33% to 42% and send zero biodegradable or recycling waste to landfill by 2030.

For this to happen, Khan stated that London's total recycling rate should increase from 52% to 65% by 2030.

The announcement comes from the London Assembly Environment Committee's ‘Wasting London’s Future’ report, which looks at London’s potential for the circular economy and Energy from Waste infrastructure and its household recycling records.

It stated that opportunities to reduce waste and recover valuable materials are being missed, the city's recycling service is not fit for purpose and authorities should make it easier for residents to recycle.

The report was scathing in its attitude to Energy from Waste which it says is 'burning waste’s valuable resources, generates carbon dioxide emissions and contributes to air pollution.'

It made a series of recommendations for the Mayor, including Khan to lobby the government to make it easier for local authorities to fine serial recycling offenders, look at funding options to introduce a consistent recycling service across London and promote the circular economy.

Leonie Cooper, chair of the Environment Committee, said: “London has a waste management problem. But with increased public awareness on waste and recycling, the Mayor now needs to drive forward to make sure London does not remain a city of wasted opportunities.

“Instead of recycling, sending so much waste to landfill or burning it to create energy, our waste can be managed better - and not even be seen as waste at all.”

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