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