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Draft strategy pushes green business benefits

To encourage businesses to recycle more the Mayor of London Ken Livingstone has published a draft strategy to emphasise the economic benefits of recycling and to help develop business specific services.

Using case studies the draft strategy demonstrates that sustainable waste management and improved environmental performance can be profitable.

Livingstone said: 75% of Londons rubbish comes from our businesses and my vision is that by 2020 the waste produced by them no longer compromises Londons future as a sustainable city.

While business waste is not under the Mayors direct control, he is working to enhance services for the sector. He also supports Lord Whittys amendment to the Greater London Authority Bill, which would give the Mayor the power to introduce a single Waste Disposal Authority for London. This body would still not have responsibility for business waste but would work on a strategic approach for the capital.

The strategy, entitled: Making waste work in London: The Mayors Draft Business Waste Management Strategy, has been published for consultation with the London Assembly and functional bodies of the Greater London Authority.


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