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'EXTRA MAYORAL POWERS SHOULD FOCUS STRATEGIC DECISIONS ON WASTE'

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Following the government's announcement* on its review of the mayor's powers, London Remade welcomes the end to alm...
Following the government's announcement* on its review of the mayor's powers, London Remade welcomes the end to almost a year of debate and reiterates its commitment to bring forward innovative solutions to the future of waste and recycling in London.

Daniel Silverstone, chief executive, London Remade, said: 'London is experiencing a severe shortage of the scale of reprocessing infrastructure it needs if it is to meet its short term resource management challenges. The increasing interest in recycling and the growing trend towards resource recovery and remanufacture, requires a new generation of facilities to manage London's waste materials. This investment will enable London to make real progress towards achieving the mayor's challenging long term target of reaching 85% resource efficiency by 2020.'

A£2bn investment in recycling infrastructure is required to ensure London is equipped to manage its own waste.

* DCLG announcement DEVOLUTION AGENDA PUSHED FORWARD WITH NEW POWERS FOR LONDON

Mr Silverstone continued: 'News of the mayor's additional powers in planning should focus strategic investment decisions affecting new reprocessing facilities covering household, commercial and construction waste streams. London Remade is already working on proposals to dramatically upgrade London's ability to reprocess and recycle its waste, enabling the capital to reprocess an additional 1.5 million tonnes of waste.

'We look forward to collaborating with all partners: the boroughs, the GLA, Defra, the private sector and potential investors to get these projects developed, planned and funded over the next 12 months.

'We particularly welcome the proposals on climate change and energy, the establishment of a new London waste and recycling fund and a regional waste infrastructure programme.

80% of Londoners have access to a recycling collection from home and recycling is rated as the UK's number one green activity. Therefore the amount of waste materials ready to be reprocessed into valuable resources is increasing. Through the Mayor's Green Procurement Code, London Remade is working with all sectors, concentrating on transforming these resources into recycled products, and closing the recycling loop.

'Today's proposals are good news for the supply side of London's resource management challenge: new infrastructure, more collaborative working and stronger mayoral planning powers. We also need to concentrate on creating stronger demand for recycled content products, ideally made in London.'

Notes

- London Remade is working with environCom to introduce an ewaste recycling centre to London. environCom is an innovative high tech recycling company that has already installed state of the art processing capacity in Grantham. Lincolnshire for the treatment of WEEE and fridges. www.environcom.co.uk

- London Remade is already working with most of the London boroughs, assisting the way waste is managed across the capital, for example: delivering technical support in partnership with Recycle Western Riverside in Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington & Chelsea, Lambeth and Wandsworth; identifying new opportunities for recycling on high rise estates in Islington; and, a review of Redbridge's household recycling collections.

- London Remade is in the business of recycling, providing environmental solutions for a sustainable capital. A unique partnership between business, the public sector, the community and not for profit organisations, funding is provided by the London Development Agency. Additionally, sponsors are Office Depot, Bywaters Recycling and Waste Management, M-Real and Brother. Visit www.londonremade.com

- The mayor's Green Procurement Code is designed to green companies' procurement policies. Last year over 450 signatories to the mayor's code spent more than£188 million on recycled content products, a nine fold increase on the previous year. This represents 386,532 tonnes of waste diverted from landfill.

- www.capitalwastefacts.com provides a unique and invaluable tool for anybody seeking information on London's recycling and waste services, developments, tonnage and performance. The website, launched in December 2002, contains comprehensive data on every London borough's recycling and waste management activities and centralises information on the key players, projects and research in London's waste sector.

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