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London Councils vision calls for less prescriptive approach

Regional collaboration and a less prescriptive approach are key to the waste management vision for London recently launched by lobby group London Councils.

The organisation developed its position in anticipation of London Mayor Boris Johnsons revisions to the existing Municipal Waste Management Strategy, Rethinking Rubbish.

London Councils said the Mayor should keep the energy from waste incineration option open in case unproven greener technologies are unable to cope with the volumes required.

It also recommended a change to the interpretation of regional self sufficiency to ensure that waste is managed with a stronger focus on facility proximity.

Other policies in the vision include minimising waste by making producers take more responsibility and policy options for food waste. The document also sets the goal of no London waste to landfill by 2028.

London Councils Transport and Environment Committee chairman Daniel Moylan said: We have set out both the approach and the policies the Mayor must consider when he comes to revise Londons municipal waste strategy. Working in partnership with the boroughs, Mr Johnson can make the capital a shining example for other major global cities to follow.



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