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Boris Johnson urged to use London's growing rubbish pile

A report by the London Assembly has confirmed that London produces around 22,000,000 tonnes of waste each and every year and only 22% of this waste is being recycled. The report suggests that non-recyclable waste could be reused, without emitting gases into the atmosphere, to power 2 million homes in the capital and provide heating for 625,000 houses. When you consider this would effectively be free fuel for the energy network of London it certainly seems as though further investigation is needed.

While there is sufficient technology in the marketplace to convert non-recyclable waste into fuel for the likes of power stations etc, it would appear that public opposition, planning consent wrangles and existing long-term contracts to collect rubbish in the capital are the main stumbling blocks. However, it would seem that Boris Johnson is looking forward to the future and will indeed implement various changes to the way London's waste is disposed of and how it is reused.

Even though London has recently received a difficult press to say the least, there is no doubt that the capital is one of the most forward-looking and forward thinking assemblies in the UK. It will be interesting to see how the public and businesses react to the new recycling plans and what impact they do have in the longer term.

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