2008 Manifesto: Protecting Our Local Environment

Please see below for a sample of several of the pledges in this section of the 2008 Manifesto. For the full list of pledges, please download the complete Progress Report.

Making it Easier to Recycle and Reduce Waste

Supporting a ban on plastic bags

"I will support a ban on plastic bags in London."
Status Update: Delivered

Mayor Boris Johnson has been a vocal supporter of a ban on plastic bags in London. He has held talks with council leaders and the London Waste and Recycling Board on the best way to reduce bag numbers, and has carefully studied the new powers used in Wales (link). Additionally, Boris has written to the Government asking it to consider whether it is using its powers effectively to reduce the number of single use plastic bags in circulation (link). The capital’s waste strategy sets out Boris’s support for locally-driven campaigns, like Greener Upon Thames voluntary reduction schemes, and for the national programme delivered by the Association of Convenience Stores. Options to deliver a voluntary reduction scheme tailored to London’s small and independent retail environment are being investigated and Boris has also written to major supermarkets to encourage them to re-double their efforts (link).

Working with boroughs to improve recycling rates

"I will work with the boroughs to improve recycling rates and reduce the amount of London’s waste that is sent to landfill."
Status Update: Delivered

Since Boris Johnson became Mayor, recycling rates have increased from 25 per cent in 2007/08 to 32 per cent in 2010/11 (link). This improvement has been helped by initiatives such as RecycleBank and the ramping up of Recycle for London’s programme, which is now being used by most of London’s boroughs to help their communications with residents and businesses. In addition, Boris has set targets for waste reduction, reuse and recycling that are tougher than the EU Waste Directive targets (link).

Making recycling easier and more convenient

"I will make recycling easier and more convenient through innovative approaches, such as paying Londoners to recycle."
Status Update: Making progress

In 2010, Mayor Boris Johnson launched a trial of a scheme called RecycleBank in London. The scheme gives householders shopping vouchers or donations to charity to the value of how much they recycle (link). Lambeth was the first London council to trial RecycleBank using a newly-developed model of the initiative that specifically caters for flats (link). Boris is keen for this scheme to be rolled out across other London boroughs and will continue to work towards accomplishing this goal.

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