While majority of the candidates for the 2016 London mayoral elections are discussing their plans for housing, air pollution, terrorism and more, two candidates have expressed their interest in developing a new approach for recycling collection.
Zac Goldsmith (Conservative) and Sian Berry (Green) hope to find a solution for London’s recycling crisis if elected. The crisis has been an ongoing issue, and the capital ranks the worst performing region in England for household recycling.
The Conversation has the report:
All the candidates for the 2016 London mayoral elections have talked about their ideas for dealing with the housing crisis, air pollution, congestion, terrorism and extremism. But what has often been forgotten about in the media coverage is that London also has a waste crisis.
The capital is the worst performing region in England when it comes to household recycling. (Waste policy for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland is devolved.) In 2015, the recycling rate in England as a whole was 44% – London was the only region with a rate below 40%. Out of 33 boroughs, 25 have household recycling rates between 20% and 40%.
This means that, as far as the capital’s waste is concerned, more is sent to landfill or is incinerated, compared to other English regions.