has a number of waste disposal authorities
, responsible for waste collection
and disposal. Prior to the abolition of the Greater London Council
, it was the waste authority for Greater London.
There are four statutory joint waste authorities, as follows:
- East London - Newham, Barking and Dagenham, Redbridge, Havering
- North London - Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Islington, Hackney, Haringey, Waltham Forest
- West London - Brent, Ealing, Harrow, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Richmond
- Western Riverside - Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea, Lambeth, Wandsworth.
The joint authorities are made up of councillors nominated from the borough councils. They are funded by a levy
on the local authorities.
The other boroughs — that is to say the City of Westminster and the City of London along with Bexley, Bromley, Croydon, Greenwich, Kingston, Lewisham, Merton, Southwark, Sutton and Tower Hamlets — are independent waste authorities in their own right.
Calls for single waste authority
The ODPM have recently proposed, as part of other transfers of powers to the Greater London Authority, to give it a waste function. The Mayor of London has made repeated attempts to bring the different waste authorities together, to form a single waste authority in London. This has faced significant opposition from existing authorities. However, it has had significant support from all other sectors and the surrounding regions managing most of London's waste.