Assembly wants clean sweep of Boris’s plans to cut London’s waste

THE London Assembly is calling on Boris Johnson to spill the beans on how he hopes to reduce the millions of tonnes of waste we produce each year. The Mayor’s draft Waste Strategy suggests we Londoners generate four million tonnes a year, mosty from households and small businesses

By Mike Brooke

THE London Assembly is calling on Boris Johnson to spill the beans on how he hopes to reduce the millions of tonnes of municipal waste we produce each year.

The Mayor’s draft Municipal Waste Strategy in January suggested Londoners generate four million tonnes of municipal waste in any 12 months, most of which comes from households and small businesses.

The Assembly’s environment committee yesterday (Tues) thrashed out its response to Boris’s plans to cut 10 per cent over the next decade of what each household chucks out.

But far from rubbishing’ Boris’s strategy, the committee wants him to spell it out, especially how his campaign is to be paid for and who’s going to be accountable.

The Assembly’s Environment chair Murad Qureshi said: “There is still far too much ending up in landfill.

“We need a radical change in the way we manage municipal waste in London, but need much more detail on his plans so we can be confident his goals can be met.”

The Committee’s response follows recent talks it has had with waste and recycle experts and its previous investigations.