Wednesday 22 December 2004 5.46pm
Just received an e-mail newsletter from Mike Tuffrey AM, the Lonson Assembly's rep on the Sustainable Development Commission (and Lib Dem environment spokesman on the Assembly, hence the slightly partisan tone!) which contained the following nugget:
"With the EU Batteries Directive on the policy horizon we have been constantly pushing the Mayor to do something pro-active about establishing recycling facilities in London.
"We uncovered that cities such as Birmingham and Manchester, as well as other areas like Merseyside, Cheshire and Lancashire, have been involved in sharing best practice information and creating partnerships with local
retailers and the waste industry in preparation for the Directive's
"I also highlighted that Britain recycles an appalling 0.5%
of household batteries compared with figures of 59% in Belgium and 55% in Sweden and asked him to consider the provision of battery collection points on TfL property.
"Mr Livingstone admits that, at present, his priority is establishing a plastics recycling plant in London. He has promised that batteries will be next but, despite the forthcoming Batteries Directive, could provide no evidence of progress when I quizzed him again on this at December's MQT (Mayor's Question Time).
"There is a real need for the Mayor to demonstrate leadership on the issue rather than evade all responsibility. He needs to get the ball rolling now to establish battery recycling facilities in London and lobby the Government to take action. We cannot continue to allow toxic battery chemicals to contaminate the waste stream...
"Read more about the EU Battery Directive at: