Mayor’s advisor being quizzed over London’s waste piling up

BORIS Johnson’s environment advisor is facing tough questions this-morning from the London Assembly about whether the Mayor’s recycling plans go far enough. Isabel Dedring is being quizzed in a hot debate about the rubbish we should be recycling

By Mike Brooke

BORIS Johnson’s environment advisor is facing tough questions this-morning (Tuesday) from the London Assembly about whether the Mayor’s recycling plans go far enough.

Isabel Dedring is being quizzed by the Assembly’s environment committee in a hot debate about the rubbish we should be recycling.

The committee is gathering evidence for a response to the Mayor’s draft Municipal Waste Management strategy published last month.

London generates four-million tonnes of municipal waste a year, most of it from households and small businesses, but is let down by some of its municipal local authorities.

Tower Hamlets in East London, for example, has been bottom of the national municipal recycle league table two years running, with neighbouring Hackney only just above.

Boris is hoping for a 10 per cent cut in the waste generated by each household by 2020 which doesn’t get recycled.

Environment members are challenging whether this goes far enough and what the Mayor intends to do to reduce the wide variations in recycling across different London boroughs.

Isabel Dedring is being questioned along with representatives from Wastewatch consumer watchdog body, the GLA and London Waste & Recycling Board, as well as the head of waste’ at Bexley Council, in the 10am public meeting at City Hall, near Tower Bridge, which can be viewed on the Assembly’s webcast from 10am.