London mayor Sadiq Khan has said he hopes to use persuasion to ensure that all 32 boroughs offer weekly collections of dry recyclables and food waste, but indicated he could use force.
Taking questions from London Assembly members on his draft environment strategy, the mayor said he hoped he would not have to use his reserve powers to bring boroughs into line.
He said most boroughs already offered these collection services, and that those that did not because they were locked into contracts should do so once those deals expired and came up for renegotiation.
Khan (pictured) said: “Councils know our expectations and we cannot be prescriptive. I want to work with them.”
He added that the Government should devolve landfill tax receipts to London to pay for better recycling infrastructure.
Assembly members defeated a bid by the Conservative opposition to reject the strategy.