Waste Management

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 16th October 2006.

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Photo of Andrew Love Andrew Love Labour, Edmonton

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department is taking to improve the co-ordination of the management of (a) municipal and (b) other waste streams in London; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Ben Bradshaw Ben Bradshaw Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) (Local Environment, Marine and Animal Welfare)

On 13 July this year, the Government announced the outcome of their review of the powers and responsibilities of the Mayor of London and the Greater London Authority. As part of this, the Government announced a package of measures which provides the Mayor with increased powers and responsibility to deliver his municipal waste management strategy and spatial development strategy for London. The enhancement of his powers to require waste authorities to deliver services in general conformity with his strategy, along with his existing power of direction, will help ensure the strategic vision the Mayor sets out for London is delivered on the ground.

As part of the proposals, the Mayor will lead a London-wide waste and recycling forum to co-ordinate activity across different sectors and address the key strategic issues facing London. The waste and recycling fund is associated with this and should be used to link waste with other London priorities such as economic development, transport and climate change. Other improvements, such as providing stronger powers for the Mayor to determine strategic waste planning applications and the London component of the waste infrastructure development programme, will also help establish facilities and infrastructure necessary to co-ordinate the management of municipal and other waste streams within London.

The Mayor is producing a wider waste strategy for London that will be looking at non-municipal waste streams and I look forward to seeing this when it is released for consultation.

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