by Southfields Lib Dems on 9 March, 2012
By 2010-11, it had slipped to 331st out of 358 authorities – one of the 8% of worst performing authorities in England – in terms of the amount of its waste recycled.
It’s overall recycling rate is only 27%, whereas Lib Dem-run authorities Kingston and Sutton are streets ahead on 48% and 38% respectively.
With landfill taxes and incineration costs high, this simply makes no financial sense.
And dealing with waste is not the only environmental challenge facing London. For example, our air quality is poor, contributing to more than 20,000 deaths a year. That’s why today I’m so pleased to see Lib Dem candidate for London Mayor, Brian Paddick, setting out clear plans about what he thinks the Mayor and London Assembly should be doing to make London a ‘zero waste’ city a long term aim.