The Mayor of London has published a draft strategy to try and boost recycling by Londons businesses.
Making waste work in London: The Mayors Draft Business Waste Management Strategy seeks to enable businesses to recycle more by developing services that they want to use and demonstrates that sustainable waste management and using resources more productively can be economically beneficial.
The draft strategy includes targets for Londons businesses to reuse, recycle and compost at least 70% of rubbish by 2020 and achieve recycling and reuse levels in construction, demolition and excavation waste of at least 95% by 2020.
Mayor Ken Livingstone said: The aim of this strategy is to ensure by 2020 business waste no longer undermines the capitals future as a clean, green city. We need to work with businesses to reduce the impact of business waste on our environment and cut climate change emissions.
Wherever possible we need to use waste to generate clean, renewable energy, turning it into a resource rather than a problem to be dumped.
The draft strategy has been published for public consultation following an initial consultation with the London Assembly and the functional bodies of the Greater London Authority. It will run for three months and London businesses and members of the public have been invited to respond to the strategy.