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Briefing on the Mayor's municipal waste management strategy

Policy area: Environment

Date of publication: 19 December 2011

File type: PDF Opens in a new window PDF, 2,316kb

The Greater London Authority Act (GLA Act) 1999 requires the Mayor of London to prepare and publish a Municipal Waste Management Strategy containing the Mayor’s proposals and policies for the ‘recovery, treatment and disposal of municipal waste'. The GLA Act 2007 requires that waste authorities, in delivering their functions, must ‘act in general conformity with’ the Mayor’s strategy.    

In 2008, in  anticipation of the Mayor’s revisions to the former Municipal Waste Management Strategy, London Councils Transport and Environment Committee (TEC) developed a Position Statement Opens in a new windowsetting out our priorities for London.

On 18 November 2011 the Mayor of London published his Municipal Waste Management Strategy Opens in a new window(MMWMS) following nearly two years in development.

The Mayor has published an ‘implementation plan Opens in a new window’alongside this strategy, which sets out how the strategy’s policies and proposals are to be implemented. The Mayor will also publish an annual monitoring report on the progress of the implementation of his policies and proposals.

However, it is London’s waste authorities who are ultimately responsible for implementing the strategy, as they are statutorily responsible for the delivery of local waste services and for the procurement of the necessary waste treatment capacity.

London Councils will be working with boroughs and waste authorities to ascertain the implications for individual boroughs and waste authorities of meeting the collective targets in the strategy.

Read the London Councils briefing on the Mayor's municipal waste management strategy here Opens in a new window.