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More clarity needed from Mayor on his waste strategy

London Mayor Boris Johnson needs to provide greater clarity on how he plans to reduce Londons municipal waste, according to the London Assembly Environment Committee.

The request comes as part of a response from the committee to the Mayors draft Municipal Waste Strategy, Londons Wasted Resource, published in January.

The strategy focuses on reducing the amount of waste produced as well as increasing recycling and reuse of waste in the capital.

In its response to the strategy the Assembly welcomes the call for a change in the way that Londons municipal waste is managed, but it also wants to see some further details and clarity given in relation to the following key areas:

·         Clarity and greater details of the leadership role the Mayor will play

·         Details of the communications strategy he will promote

·         Greater details on how the strategy will be delivered including funding sources, key partners, lines of responsibility and levels of accountability

·         Robust and specific proposals for improving municipal waste management across London, including improving recycling and composting, flats/estate based recycling, tackling food waste and bringing forward new infrastructure.

The report states: It is vital that the strategy is underpinned by strong partnerships with clear levels of accountability, a robust funding base for taking forward the proposals and the appropriate range and capacity in new infrastructure to handle Londons waste in the most environmental and economic way.

London Assembly Environment chair Murad Qureshi said: We welcome the ambitious targets set by the Mayor in his draft strategy but we need much more details and clarity on some of the proposals so we can be confident that these goals can be met.

A second draft of the strategy is due to be published for public consultation in the summer.


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