London’s administrative body has launched a research project on waste arisings and treatment capacity in the capital.
The Greater London Authority has commissioned SLR Consulting to develop a model to understand how much waste London will produce in the years up to 2050 and how much infrastructure is likely to be needed to manage it.
The model will feed into the Mayor’s Infrastructure Investment Plan which will consider London’s infrastructure needs up to 2050, a spokesman for the Mayor of London told MRW.
A draft plan is expected to be released this summer and will be followed by “stakeholder engagement activities” in the autumn, he added.
The London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB) is participating in the research project. The organisation believes that the city does not have enough waste infrastructures, chief operating officer Wayne Hubbard told MRW.
“Our sense of that gap is that we do not have enough recycling, reprocessing and reuse facilities,” he said.
As part of a strategy put forward by the mayor in 2011, London needs to achieve a target of net self-sufficiency in the management of municipal and commercial waste by 2030.
- Read more on the challenges of recycling in London in our Big Interview with LWARB officials Wayne Hubbard and Melville Haggard.