Londons kerbside collection schemes are confusing and make it difficult for Londoners who change address to adapt to them, claims Green Party member for the London Assembly Darren Johnson.
Johnson said: Londons recycling collections are a confusing mess with different rules in virtually every local authority about what can and cant be recycled and a hotch-potch of different coloured bins, bags and boxes. While I accept that a one-size-fits all approach wouldnt work across the whole of London, we certainly dont need 33 different schemes with 33 different sets of rules. It especially causes confusion when almost a fifth of Londoners change address each year.
Johnson believes that little objective evidence exists on the cost effectiveness of these schemes and of the quality of the material. He is calling on the Mayor of London to draw up guidance for local authorities that will help to promote best practice waste collection systems that are both cost effective, customer friendly and produce high quality recycled material.
Data from Capital Waste Facts, a London borough information service, shows that there are 33 types of dry kerbside household waste collection schemes operated by the 33 London local authorities, each collecting different materials for recycling in a variety of containers. For example, Barnet Council will collect 16 dry recyclable items but neighbouring Harrow Council will collect 9 recyclable items. The data also shows that five boroughs have alternate weekly collections and twenty boroughs collect commingled waste.
A London Councils spokesman said: "London's boroughs are always striving to make it easier for their residents to recycle. The various differences from borough to borough - such as housing stock and population density - mean that local authorities always have to tailor the services they offer to some degree.
"Despite these challenges, boroughs, working through the London Waste and Recycling Board and with the Mayor of London, will continue to improve the recycling services offered to residents."
Image: Green Party member for the London Assembly Darren Johnson with plastic bags in his hands