Some discussion has taken place between relevant officials in this Department and the Greater London Authority. No discussions have taken place with the Department for Culture Media and Sport and the Olympic Delivery Authority regarding whether London waste authorities should be in general conformity with the Mayor's Municipal Waste Management Strategy when undertaking their litter functions under Part IV of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.
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 change in the requirement for waste authorities to “have regard to” the Mayor’s Municipal Waste Management Strategy in delivering their waste service to
“acting in general conformity with”
the Mayor’s strategy. This will be defined further in guidance, which will follow in due course.
[holding answer 20 November 2006]: The London-wide Waste and Recycling Forum will bring stakeholders together to deliver improved performance on waste minimisation and recycling, promote collaborative action and link waste with other London priorities around climate change, transport and employment. The Government do not propose that the forum should have statutory powers.
Waste planning for London is the responsibility of the Mayor, whose Spatial Strategy envisages London becoming 85 per cent. self-sufficient with regards to waste management by 2020. The Government propose to strengthen the Mayor’s waste planning powers to assist him in providing the necessary additional waste management capacity in London.
The Environment Agency holds records of waste arising from London disposed of at the Newton Longville landfill site. Their data, based on operator waste returns, show that 11,668.78 tonnes of London’s waste were disposed at the site from April 2005 to March 2006; 15,169.62 tonnes were disposed from April 2006 to September 2006.
The Environment Agency does not hold, or have access to, data on future disposal rates and waste origins for this site. This is a commercial matter between the landfill operator, the waste recycling group, and any London boroughs that have contracts with the operator. The Mayor of London’s Waste Planning Office deals with the matter of waste planning for the London boroughs.