London mayor releases environmental strategy with 'zero waste' goal by 2026

By Cole Rosengren, Waste Dive.

Dive Brief:

  • London Mayor Sadiq Khan has released a new draft "environment strategy" that includes a "zero waste" goal of sending no biodegradable or recyclable waste to landfills by 2026. The plan also calls for increasing the city's overall diversion rate of 52% — including residential and commercial material — to 65% by 2030, as reported by BusinessGreen.
  • The plan pledges to make "the disposable economy a thing of the past," and outlines multiple circular economy ideas to begin heading in this direction. In the near-term, the plan also calls for the city's 33 local authorities to begin offering collection services for organic waste and at least six types of recyclable materials (glass, cans, paper, cardboard, plastic bottles and mixed plastics).
  • On the commercial side, the plan calls for a potential zone collection system that would be divided up among London's business improvement districts. The plan also calls for better data collection about commercial waste activities in partnership with the U.K.'s Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs.