Cllr Julian Bell, Chair of London Councils’ Transport and Environment Committee, said:
“Creating a long-term strategy for tackling the many urgent environmental challenges that our country faces is a positive move and London boroughs are already working at a local level to address these.
“However to ensure the strategy delivers meaningful change, it will need investment, legislation and robust support from all sectors. Voluntary and unfunded schemes are unlikely to have the necessary impact.
“We support the extension of the plastic bag levy and the focus on eliminating avoidable plastic waste is welcome. But London boroughs need to know whether any new responsibilities for local government will be fully funded, and that the drive to minimise plastic will not detract from work to reduce other types of waste and litter.
“We are disappointed that the strategy does not align with circular economy principles, nor does it include a ban on use of non-recyclable plastic or the introduction of deposit return schemes for plastic bottles.
“More broadly, we hope to see new action on air pollution and climate change, which present a threat to the health and prosperity of London’s people and its natural environment, as the strategy develops.”