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19 Oct 2010 12:10:11

Boris Johnson proposes emissions-based recycling standards

Boris Johnson proposes emissions-based recycling standards
London mayor Boris Johnson has proposed a new recycling standard which focuses on reducing carbon emissions.

Currently, local authorities base their recycling levels on weight, however, Mr Johnson's new initiative would require bodies to base their recycling on cutting emissions through the disposal, collection and recycling of rubbish.

The plan is intended to focus on recycling waste which is deemed to have a high economic value "as a profitable commodity"; it is likely to increase levels of both plastic and metals recycling.

Levels of food and waste being sent to landfill will be reduced to zero under the proposals.

By 2015 the mayor intends to recycle 45 percent of the capital's municipal waste, with this figure rising to 60 percent by 2031.

Mr Johnson claims that the waste plan "will include funds for infrastructure to make recycling easier and to use waste to generate cleaner, more efficient energy".

However, Darren Johnson, chair of the London Assembly environment committee, said that the mayor's plans for both recycling and food waste must go further.

He said that Mr Johnson's strategy "only talks about supporting the high achievers, but not about how he will tackle the under-performers".  ADNFCR-1235-ID-800123376-ADNFCR

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21 Oct 2010

Bravo Boris! It has been crazy that recycling a stell can is considered 'better' than recycling aluminium - due to the latter being a less dense material, despite having a significantly higher energy requirement to manufacture. Let's hope this shift extends, in due course, out through the rest of the country.

BrookeBF wrote:

23 Dec 2010

Love the connection to carbon instead of to weight.

Question: I am hunting for a credible resource that details the average or estimated carbon savings from recycling various commodity recyclables and/or average carbon associated with average ton of waste sent to a landfill. I recognize these are likely still soft and shifting figures, but it seems the good folks in the UK might have better stats if London is seriously discussing the shift mentioned in this article.

Please point a pro-recycling yank in the right direction! Thanks!

@BrookeBF from @RecycleMatch

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