Waste and recycling will play an important role on the agenda of London’s mayoral candidates ahead of the May 6 elections.
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According to an April 7 poll by the research agency Opinium, Labour’s Sadiq Khan is in the lead with 51% of the vote, with Conservative candidate Shaun Bailey second with 29% and Lib Dem Luisa Porritt and Green Sian Berry third with 8%.
Letsrecycle.com takes a look at the waste and recycling guidelines contained in the Labor, Conservative, Greens and Liberal Democrats’ manifestos.
Labor Sadiq Khan is currently mayor and is up for re-election. He says environmental sustainability is at the heart of the work of the London Recovery Board with a specific mission to get a green new business for the city.
He said he would commit to a 10-point Green New Deal during his next term in office, which includes guidelines regarding waste.
Mr Khan said he would also make efforts to make London a waste free city by working with local authorities and communities to prevent, reuse, recycle or reclaim waste. He promises to move all 32 boroughs to provide the full range of household waste collections, including food waste, and to work with the London food sector to reduce waste.
He says he will continue to speak out against a new incineration in London and ensure that where it already exists it operates to the “highest standards” and uses waste to heat local homes.
London should be able to decide for itself whether a one-way coffee cup tax or a glass bottle deposit system works for the city, says Khan.
Mr. Khan’s main competitor is Conservative party candidate Shaun Bailey. Mr Bailey says that if elected Mayor he would be more likely to use the Thames as a means of transporting litter and reducing traffic congestion.
He said he would change the mayor’s transport strategy and work with the Port of London Authority to ensure that transporting waste on the Thames is a priority “to relieve the streets of London and improve the air quality in London”.
Mr Bailey promises to introduce new green technologies to reduce London’s carbon footprint. As an example, he cites the use of plastic waste by the road construction company MacRebur to pave roads.
And Mr Bailey says he would set up a fund to ensure that every borough in London has the infrastructure and support needed to cut food waste and tackle food poverty.
The manifesto with the most references to waste and recycling was the one issued by the Greens. Ms. Berry outlined plans to make London a waste-free city that includes food, single-use plastics and all resource use.
Ms. Berry said she would set primary waste reduction targets that would support any new work and strategies to reduce “mass flow” in the city’s economy. This includes the obligation not to open any new “incineration plants” under a green mayor.
Ms. Berry said, “Whether it’s good food that could have ended up in bellies rather than a trash can, or the scourge of single-use plastic bottles cluttering our streets, everyone hates trash. I will work with businesses, citizens, councils and community groups to make London a waste-free city.
“This has to be at the heart of our mission to transform our economy. We can’t go on with the old way of doing things where things break down and are thrown away. We need a new model in which we share things we don’t need to own, fix things that can be fixed, and evaluate things rather than throwing them into a landfill. “
The Greens would also fund measures aimed at increasing the spread of reuse and repair across the city. Working with activists, Ms. Berry would set up a fund to help councils convert vacant lots and community buildings into a “repair center” and to finance college and university repairs.
Ms. Porritt, the Liberal Democrat candidate, does not explicitly refer to waste or recycling in her manifesto.
Instead, the Lib Dems stress the importance of clean air and propose measures like accelerating the greening of London buses to ensure that the entire fleet is powered by electricity or hydrogen by 2028.
Ms. Porritt is also committed to “clean, green” public transportation projects, including advancing Crossrail Two, expanding the Bakerloo line and making a major contribution to the repair of Hammersmith Bridge.