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Mayor calls for united London waste management

The Mayor of London has put forward his proposal for a London Single Waste Authority, with the aim of better managing its waste disposal and gaining greater waste planning powers.

Describing the current waste system as chaotic, The Mayor of London's report entitled 'Scoping paper on proposal for a London single waste authority and enhanced Mayoral waste planning powers' says London is failing to meet the challenge of dealing with its waste effectively and efficiently.

London currently has the second worst regional recycling record in the country, and sends over two thirds of its municipal waste to landfill, mostly outside the capital.

At present there are 33 separate waste planning authorities, 33 waste collection authorities and 16 waste disposal authorities. The Mayor wants waste disposal and recycling to be handled as pan-London issues, so that London is dealt with as a whole. He believes this will enable its waste management to be more efficient and hopefully more self-sufficient.

The Mayor of London Ken Livingstone said: "The current arrangements for planning and managing waste in London aren't working. They aren't delivering my own policies; they aren't delivering the Government's policies; and they aren't addressing the new EU policies and penalties."

In the proposal the London Single Waste Authority would replace the 16 existing waste disposal authorities. London's boroughs would be responsible for waste collection but not waste planning and disposal.

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