London Mayor Ken Livingstone has accused the Government of being too cosy with incinerator operators at the expense of finding the best solutions for treating our waste. There are about three malignant Defra [Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs] officials who are pushing for incineration, he told MRW. Wait and see, once these Defra officials have retired theyll be on the boards of the incineration companies. Its what happened with the Department for Transport officials before. They were pushing for cars and road infrastructure projects and all ended up on the boards of these companies after. According to Livingstone incinerators release more carbon emissions than coal fired power stations and will be even worse once newer, more efficient coal fired power stations are introduced. Livingstone wants to see recycling rates increase to around the 60% mark and residual waste decrease to single percentage figures. What I want to do is to take Edmonton and convert it into an AD [anaerobic digestion] plant or into another method where jolly bacteria do it for us, he said. Livingstone added that he was concerned by reports suggesting a third of food goes to waste, a situation he wants to see addressed. In his own household, Livingstone stacks his food by sell by date to avoid wastage.