All new properties in London must have recycling facilities under plans launched by Ken Livingstone.
The London Mayor has issued a blueprint for a sustainable capital, setting environmental standards for construction firms.
Under the proposals, builders would have to provide facilities for residents to recycle or compost at least 25% of household waste, rising to 35% by 2010.
Any development proposal in the capital would also have to consider minimising waste and provide on-site recycling and reuse of building materials during construction.
Livingstone said: "With the capital anticipated to grow by 800,000 people by 2016 it is important that we create developments of lasting benefit.
"This guidance will help those involved in London's development to make the most of our precious natural resources and meet the needs of London's diverse population."
The draft guidance has been published for consultation and the deadline for responses is June 3.