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London 2012 'failling zero waste commitment'

The London Olympics will not be a zero-waste Games as promised, according to a London Assembly member.

London mayor Boris Johnson pledged to make London 2012 a “plastic bag free city”.

But packaging guidelines from the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games say official Olympic shops and suppliers will be allowed to use packaging made from low density polyethylene.

The Green Party’s Darren Johnson, deputy chair of the assembly environment committee, said such bags were “bog standard plastic bags however you dress it up”.

He added: “They are not environmentally friendly and you need specialist facilities in order to recycle them.”

Johnson said he did not see how LOCOG could meet its commitment to deliver a zero-waste games while “handing out thousands of bags which are difficult to recycle”.

LOCOG did not respond to MRW’s requests for a response.

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