Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Mayor 'Wasting Chance to Tackle Our Waste Crisis'

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Mayor 'Wasting Chance to Tackle Our Waste Crisis'

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Byline: PETER GRUNER

KEN LIVINGSTONE is today accused of "enjoying photo opportunities" while London is threatened by a tide of rubbish.

In one of the strongest attacks on his administration so far, Samantha Heath, Labour chair of Greater London Authority's environment committee, warns that the Mayor is ignoring a potential health crisis.

The capital disposes of 13 million tons of waste every year - mostly in landfill sites outside London, but they are expected to be full within seven to 10 years. She condemned a lack of "mayoral leadership" on tackling waste which could end the delay in an urgently needed draft Waste Strategy, originally due in February and now delayed indefinitely.

She added: "Waste and what to do with it is a complex issue. Why isn't the Mayor taking a lead on this?

While the Mayor enjoys photo opportunities there's a distinct lack of motivation to get down to business on London's waste.

"Effectively it's a dereliction of responsibility. …

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