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Recycle or face bankruptcy London's Mayor warns local authorities

The Green party has called for urgent action to be taken on recycling after the Mayor of London's warning that several London boroughs could face bankruptcy if they cannot meet European targets for reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill.

Mayor of London Ken Livingstone recently put forward proposals for a single waste authority for London, saying that the current system was chaotic and inefficient and criticising the poor levels of recycling - which are the second worst in the country - in the capital.

He said: "We are coming within five years of very heavy fines from the European Commission for those cities and local authorities which don't reach a prescribed level of recycling...Not fines of a few thousand pounds, but fines of hundreds of millions of pounds. Several London boroughs would face bankruptcy."

Green party members of the London Assembly called for radical changes to be implemented to make London a zero waste city. They propose council tax reductions for regular recyclers and phasing in smaller wheelie bins.

London Assembly green party member Jenny Jones said: "Either we adopt the goal of zero waste and take effective action to reduce, reuse, recycle and compost by investing in lots of small scale facilities throughout London. Or we duck our environmental responsibilities and pay a heavy price for wasting our planet."

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