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London sets strict household waste targets

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has set a target of sending no household waste directly to landfill within 14 years.

The mayor outlined a series of targets for the capital in his Municipal Waste and Business Waste Strategies.

The goals included no waste to landfill within 14 years and a recycle target for rubbish of 60% by 2031.

He believes the strategies could save £77m a year and generate 1,260 so-called ‘green collar’ jobs.

Key targets include:

  • No household waste going directly to landfill by 2025
  • Reduce the amount of household waste produced by one per cent every year to 2031
  • Increase London’s capacity to reuse or repair waste from approximately 6,000 tonnes per year in 2008 to 20,000 tonnes a year in 2015, and 30,000 tonnes a year in 2031
  • Recycle or compost at least 45% of rubbish by 2015; 50% by 2020; and 60% by 2031   
  • Achieve 70% reuse, recycling and composting of commercial and industrial waste by 2020, maintaining these levels to 2031
  • Achieve 95% reuse, recycling and composting of construction demolition and excavation waste by 2020, maintaining these levels to 2031
  • Cut London’s greenhouse  gas emissions through the management of London’s waste, achieving annual greenhouse gas emissions savings of approximately 545,000 tonnes of CO2eq in 2015; 770,000 tonnes of CO2eq in 2020; and 1,000,000 tonnes of CO2eq in 2031
  • Generate as much energy as practicable from London’s organic and non-recycled waste in a way that will not emit any more carbon emissions than the energy source it is replacing. This is estimated to be possible for about 40% London’s municipal waste after recycling or composting targets are achieved by 2031

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  • For London, some of these targets will be tough to achieve. Key to achieving them will be a significant behaviour change programme that recognises the diversity and transient nature of London's population and the enormous flow though of visitors to the Capital.

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