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Assembly calls on Mayor to give more advice on rubbish

The London Assembly has called on the Mayor to establish more effective measures to help the capitals small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) recycle their rubbish. In its response to the Mayors draft Business Waste Strategy, the Assemblys environment committee, drew on its recent research findings to urge all Londons councils to offer and promote commercially competitive recycling services to local businesses. Many of London SMEs are currently using domestic recycling schemes for their commercial waste. According to the committee this raises concerns about the draft strategys proposal to allow businesses to use reuse and recycling centres free of charge, which could lead to council tax payers subsidising business waste services. To overcome this problem, the committee is supporting practical options such as pre-pay recycling bags for the business sector. SMEs also need to be made more aware of a one-stop portal that could help them recycle more of their waste. The London Environmental Support Service (LESS) is a website that offers advice on waste sustainability. A recent survey conducted by the Assembly found that one in five SMEs are tackling their business waste. London Assembly chair of the environment committee said: The draft Business Waste Strategy is a positive and necessary contribution to the future development of waste management in London. However, there is still scope for improvement. Local authorities are in a position to offer and promote a commercially competitive recycling service to Londons SMEs, but there are still many barriers to overcome if we are to encourage this diverse and hard to reach sector to manage its rubbish sustainably. The committees response to the draft waste strategy makes some practical recommendations to promote and access sustainable waste management advice for the capitals SMEs. We trust the revised strategy considers our recommendations to allow Londons small businesses to contribute towards a more eco-friendly London.

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