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Mayor wants more powers on recycling

The Mayor of London has published his response to the Office of the Deputy Prime Minster’s consultation on the review of powers and responsibilities, with waste featuring prominently.

Launching the consultation, he said: “Of concern is London’s appalling record on waste. London dumps three-quarters of its waste in landfill sites outside its boundaries and boroughs face the prospect of European Union fines to the tune of £2.5 billion over the next 15 years unless we get our act together on this issue.”

Livingstone believes that while London has taken steps forward, it lacks the city-wide powers to end its record as one of the worst cities in Europe when it comes to recycling.

He stated that a new single waste authority is the only way London will be able to deal with recycling and waste disposal across the city, something that is essential to securing London’s status as a sustainable city.

“Further success depends on providing the elected office of mayor with the right set of powers to tackles the problems we face- skills provision according to the capital’s needs in the run-up to the Olympics, a citywide waste authority to oversee the recycling and management of the city’s waste, and planning and housing powers to provide Londoners with affordable homes”, added Livingstone.

While he acknowledged that devolved regional governments had delivered in certain sectors for London, he said city-wide powers are needed to end the capital’s poor record on recycling and improve the lives of Londoners.

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