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London Remade support Mayor's single waste authority

London Remade has backed the Mayor’s proposal for a single London waste authority, despite several of the capital’s boroughs rubbishing the plan, it announced last week.

The board of London Remade agreed that a strategic authority handling London’s waste would be the best solution to the capital’s growing waste management problem.

London Remade chief executive Daniel Silverstone said: “London is not currently managing its waste effectively. We cannot carry on like this if London is to meet its regulatory targets.”

It said strengthening the regional tier for planning and investment for waste disposal and recycling in London would be in the best interests of the capital, its sustainability and the development of markets for recycled products. It particularly supported the Mayor’s focus on all waste streams rather than solely municipal waste.

But both the Western Riverside Waste Authority (WRWA) and the North London Waste Authority (NLWA) have spoken out against the Mayor’s proposals.

The NLWA has denounced the “one size fits all” approach of the single authority, and said that “significant disruption” cannot be avoided if the proposed organisational changes go ahead.

WRWA chairman Tim Coleridge has said: “He (the Mayor) has no idea how waste authorities work. In our part of London there have been enormous benefits from the close cooperation between boroughs who collect the waste and the WRWA who dispose of it.”

While London Remade welcomes the Mayor’s proposals, it acknowledges that his scoping paper underestimated the achievements of many London boroughs and waste disposal authorities and suggested that future arrangements could be modelled on the best local authority and industry practices in London.

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