London Plan Matter 7: Waste and recycling

Written evidence from the Vauxhall Society
The civic society for the north of Lambeth (from and including Stockwell)and adjacent parts of Wandsworth and Southwark.
20 Albert Square London SW8 1BS

7.1 Will the policies in the draft Plan's waste strategy be effective in achieving appropriate reductions in landfill and increases in recycling, while at the same time achieving regional self-sufficiency over an appropriate time scale?
Does the draft Plan provide sufficient guidance to Waste Disposal Authorities with respect to the range and broad location of the strategic facilities required to achieve those ends?
7.2 Is the proposed presumption against mass-burn incineration consistent with the objectives of the draft Plan and the National Waste Strategy?
7.3 Should the draft Plan do more to promote sustainable waste behaviour, including recycling and reductions in the creation of waste, in new development and areas of existing development?

Section 4A, London's metabolism: using and managing natural resources.

Policies 4A.1 Waste strategy and targets
The Vauxhall Society agrees that higher targets for recycling or composting should be set and achievable. However, se are amazed and disappointed that waste reduction, which should be the first and most important aim, appears to be given no importance. A significant reduction in waste generation should be the first target. Policies directed towards this should include requirements on businesses, including shops, to minimise unnecessary packaging.

Waste collection and management policies should be required to consider the aims of minimising waste and increasing the proportion of recycled waste in the design and size of waste receptacles provided, and also to give priority to ease of handing by residents over ease of handling by refuse operators. Introduction of wheeliebins, which are generally bigger than the bins they replace and need to be moved to the street by residents invite more waste and are impossible or hard for the infirm to handle.

We agree that incineration should be for non-recyclable residual waste, but consider that some intermediate targets should be set and also that incineration should only be used if all the products from it are contained, so that there is no pollution from the plant, that incineration plants are the minimum economic size in order to minimise transport, and generate local power.

4A2 Spatial policies for waste management. The Vauxhall Society supports the aim 'where waste cannot be dealt with locally, promote waste facilities that have good access to river or rail transshipments' provided that the facilities do not compromise the Blue Ribbon policy.

Annex 2, blue ribbon Policy BR31 Green industries along the river Thames, especially those within Preferred Industrial Locations, with majority of materials transhipments by water. Add 'provided that the effect on the riverside and on access to it is minimised'

We favour moving materials by sustainable means and use of water transport, but this should not be an excuse to make large stretches of the riverside inaccessible.

Air Quality
We are concerned that this is not being discussed. Monitoring and reduction of airborne pollution is inadequate, especially at main road junctions such as Vauxhall Cross.