Waste Management

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

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Photo of Joan Ruddock Joan Ruddock Labour, Lewisham, Deptford

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of London's waste authorities did not meet their statutory household waste recycling targets in 2005-06; and what measures within the Government's policy statement "The Greater London Authority: The Government's final proposals for additional powers and responsibilities for the Mayor and the Assembly" are designed to improve the level of performance.

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

Data on local authority household waste recycling and composting performance in 2005-06 should be available later this year.

Analysis based on un-audited data estimates that, in 2005-06, local authorities in England recycled and composted about 27 per cent. of household waste, thus provisionally exceeding our public service agreement target of 25 per cent.

The London-wide waste and recycling forum, which was announced in "The Government's Final Proposals for Additional Powers and Responsibilities for the Mayor and Assembly", will bring together key interested parties, including London waste authorities, to improve waste minimisation and recycling. The waste and recycling fund is associated with this and should be used to link waste with other London priorities such as transport and climate change.

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