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London mayor targets recycling boost

United Kingdom – In the UK, London’€™s new mayor Sadiq Khan has appointed Shirley Rodrigues as deputy mayor for environment and energy. Currently acting executive director for climate change at the Children’€™s Investment Fund Foundation, one of the main objectives set for her will be to boost London’€™s recycling rates.

The average recycling rate across London’s 32 boroughs is thought to be around 33% with Lewisham performing worst of all in posting a figure of 17.1% in 2014/15, according to a letsrecycle.com article.

In his ultimately successful campaign to become mayor earlier this year, Khan pledged to ‘reinvigorate’ the UK capital’s efforts on recycling and set a 65% recycling target for the city to be achieved by the year 2030.

Rodrigues says of her appointment: ‘I am delighted to be working with Sadiq on his ambitious plans to make London one of the most environmentally friendly cities in the world.’

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