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Independent panel backs Livingstone's call for London to manage its own waste

An independent Planning Inspectorate panel has backed plans that call for 85% of Londons waste to be dealt with in the city by 2020 as well as calling for a halt to Londons waste being dumped in the home countries. The panels report focussed on Mayor Ken Livingstones proposals to change the London Plan, which would allow London to become more self sufficient in waste management. Under his proposals each London borough would be apportioned its own amount of waste to manage, to achieve the 85% target. With the panels support a spokeswoman for Livingstone said that the Mayor was in a stronger position to check targets. He will also be able to stop boroughs from exporting waste. The panel also supported the Livingstones targets for London to manage 70% of its commercial waste and 45% of its household waste.The report said: If London is to catch up with the remainder of the country it is necessary for them to move faster than anyone else. Livingstone said: This independent panel has supported my view that as a world city we need to build the facilities that we need to manage the waste that we are creating.Why should the surrounding areas of London keep disposing of our rubbish? We are now seeing the rapid emergence of technologies that can produce renewable energy, including hydrogen from our rubbish and help to reduce Londons contribution to climate change. The boroughs need to act now to ramp up their efforts to recycle more and to build more waste and reprocessing sites to generate renewable energy. As part of his statutory duty to regularly review the London Plan, Livingstone proposed changes to the London Plan. His proposals were examined by the independent panel, appointed by the Governments Planning Inspectorate, during the summer at public hearings.The Report will now be considered by ministers, before becoming adopted as formal planning policy for London, probably before the 2008.

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