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Big and complicated: LWaRB chair on London's waste issue

London faces a “big and complicated problem” when it comes to its waste according to the chair of the London Waste and Recycling Board (LWaRB).

Speaking at the RWM exhibition today (14 September), James Cleverly described the situation facing LWaRB as it tries to help London create enough appropriate infrastructure for dealing with its waste. 

Cleverly emphasised that it was necessary for London to do something to drive up its recycling rates because it is lagging behind many other world cities and if it fails to do so, there is no way that recycling rates for the UK will rise.

He said: “If the message that is coming across is that we have a very big and complicated problem with our waste then that is the right message.”

However, Cleverly was keen to stress that the message isn’t all negative. Speaking exclusively to MRW after his presentation he said: “Although the scale of the problem is massive, I am feeling quite positive about the future. LWaRB is getting involved at the right time, and will help some of this infrastructure get off the ground before we are in a situation where local authorities are facing enormous bills for their waste.”

He also confirmed that cuts to LWaRB’s fund, announced yesterday, shouldn’t have any real impact: “Everything we are funding, we will continue to fund.”

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