London gets 60m to tackle waste

A £60 million waste fund for London over the next three years has been welcomed by London Councils.

The fund is to be managed by the future London Waste and Recycling Board (LWRB).

Daniel Moylan, transport and environment committee chairman, said that London "desperately" needed a co-ordinated effort to manage the capital's waste.

"The board will help us build on the progress made so far by the boroughs, and is the best vehicle we have both to distribute funds and to leverage more funding for new waste and recycling facilities," he stated.

The fund is derived from Defra's Waste Infrastructure Capital Grant and London's share of the Waste Performance and Efficiency Grant.

Environment minister Joan Ruddock said that a total of £22.8 million would be provided in 2008/09 and the next year, and £14.4 million in 2010/11.

"Dealing effectively and sustainably with waste is an urgent priority for us all, especially in the face of climate change," she said.

"London is in a unique position as the only metropolitan region in the country, and this needs to be recognised in the way it deals with its waste."

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