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Boris Johnson launches Draft Business Waste Strategy

Boris Johnson has opened consultation on a draft waste strategy which aims to set a “high-level direction” for management of business waste in the capital between 2010 and 2031.

The Mayor’s Draft Business Waste Strategy for London sets out a four key policies for the treatment of both Commercial and Industrial (C&I) as well as Construction and Demolition (C&D) waste streams, which together represent 80% of London’s solid waste arisings.

The four policies include:

  • “Promoting the financial and commercial value of a resource-efficient business” by helping businesses identify and implement waste prevention opportunities.
  • “Boosting re-use, recycling and composting participation amongst commercial and industrial waste producers” by providing greater access to waste services and assisting businesses in overcoming practical obstacles to business recycling.
  • “Supporting the waste infrastructure market in London to grow and to deliver for businesses” by helping to develop new waste infrastructure and helping the waste sector access new sources of business waste.
  • “Driving improvements in resource efficiency in the construction and demolition sector” while maximising resource efficiency and maintaining existent re-use and recycling performance for C&D waste.

The Draft Strategy also highlights a number of targets, which have been included in the recent Draft Replacement London Plan, and include a target of 70% re-use, recycling and composting of commercial and industrial (C&I) waste by 2020, and a 95% re-use, recycling and composting of construction, demolition, and excavation (CDE) waste by 2020.

London Mayor Boris Johnson said: “Organisations have taken impressive strides forward to improve their track record on dealing with waste in recent years especially in terms of increasing recycling rates.

“But there remains much more that can be achieved, particularly with regard to the prevention of rubbish in the first place and in taking steps to ensure the re-use of items that are still in working order.”

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