This time last year the old mayor was grassing up London local authorities to the European Commission. This year the new mayor is announcing that he will work with them to increase recycling rates. Hooray.
The old mayor was interested in garnering power to himself and had ambitions to create a hugely expensive “Waste for London” organisation.
The new mayor seems to be more interested in working with the boroughs and achieving results. Good for him.
Livingstone was so out of order on this one it was painful. Even government minister Ben Bradshaw said in a letter:
Our analysis indicated that a Single Waste Disposal Authority could increase the overall cost of dealing with London’s waste. There would be significant set-up costs and disruption because of transferring staff, assets and contracts from the boroughs to the new body. Even after the initial set up costs, our analysis indicated that it could cost up to £5 million a year more to manage London’s waste through a Single Waste Disposal Authority because of the introduction of an extra tier of management.