Cities across the globe sign new pledge to reduce waste to landfill

Written by: Jo Gallacher | Published:
London is one of the 23 signatories of the declaration

Cities and regions have signed a new set of pledges to speed up their transition towards zero waste to landfill.

By signing C40’s Advancing Towards Zero Waste Declaration, 23 cities have pledged by 2030 to cut waste generated by each citizen by 15%, reduce amount of waste sent to landfill and incineration by 50% and increase diversion rate to 70%.

Signatory cities include London, New York City, Milan, Dubai and Copenhagen.

Made ahead of the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco, the commitments are seen by signatories as essential steps in delivering goals of the Paris Agreement which aims to keep global temperature rise below 1.5℃.

Transforming sold waste and material management systems globally could reduce global emissions by 20%, according to research by ISWA.

Commitments include:

-Reducing food waste across the supply chain

-Supporting local and regional policies including extended producer responsibility and sustainable procurement to reduce or ban single-use and non-recyclable plastics

-Increase awareness, scale and inclusivity of recycling programmes

There will be a public report every two years on the progress cities are making towards these goals.

Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, said: “Cities around the world must work together if we’re going to make real progress in cutting waste.

“Earlier this year my Environment Strategy set out bold and ambitious targets for cutting waste in London. That means no biodegradable or recyclable waste sent to landfill by 2026, and cutting food waste and associated packaging by 50 per cent per head by 2030.”

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