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London Councils welcomes LWRB control of £60m fund

Government plans for a £60 million waste fund for London to be managed by the future London Waste and Recycling Board (LWRB) have been welcomed by London Councils. Transport and Environment Committee chairman Daniel Moylan said: "London desperately needs a co-ordinated effort to manage the capital's waste, and this is why we lobbied for the creation of the LWRB. The Board will help us build on the progress made so far by the Boroughs, and is the best vehicle we have both to distribute funds and to leverage more funding for new waste and recycling facilities. We have already begun work consulting on funding priorities for the Board so that it is ready to go as soon as the Government gives us the go-ahead. "However, we are gravely disappointed at the mayor's decision to go back on his promise to co-fund the Board. This will make tackling the twin challenges of increasing recycling and reducing waste sent to landfill even harder. We can't do this alone - the challenge in London means that we need everyone - including the mayor - pulling together, not standing on the sidelines trying to undermine us."

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