2010 Review of Waste and Resource Management
Recommendation 9 of 9

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Recommendation

That City Operations teams, both in London and other locations around the country, set objectives for waste management that are consistent with those adopted by London 2012 and that particular emphasis be made on ensuring non LOCOG-controlled external venues fully meet these standards.

History

Status at 31 Mar 2013

Not Fully Achieved

GLA City Operations had a zero waste to landfill target but specific recycling target for their Live Sites. The Commission’s previously reported concern that without a recycling target there would not be an incentive for the operator to increase recycling levels was proved true and all waste was sent for energy recovery from the Hyde Park and Victoria Park Live Sites. We recognise the challenges that the GLA faced in procuring an operator for these sites whilst applying a range of requirements to them but are disappointed at the approach the operator took to waste management, as whilst this met the zero waste to landfill target it did not even attempt to meet the London 2012 recycling target. For the smaller Potters Field Live Site the GLA did manage to achieve a level of recycling, with the operator agreeing to some back of house segregation of waste. The GLA did secure a commitment to recycling from the operator of the London Media Centre, where there was almost 70% recycling and zero waste to landfill. As reported in our post Games report, the waste management around race routes and outside venues was variable, however the littering was very low and the street cleansing managed effectively. Waste management at the Box Hill site, which was managed by the Local Authority, did not apply the same approach as all other LOCOG venues. Not Fully Achieved

Status at 01 Oct 2012

Progress Made

Status at 31 Mar 2012

Progress Made

GLA City Operations intend to have a zero waste to landfill target but there is not yet a recycling target for their Live Sites. The Commission is concerned that without a recycling target there will not be an incentive for the operator to increase recycling levels, other than an intent by the GLA to report the figures, since a zero waste to landfill target could be met through an energy from waste process. We recognise the challenges that the GLA faced in procuring an operator for these sites whilst applying a range of requirements to them. We welcome the intent to achieve zero waste to landfill and urge the GLA to do all they can to maximise the recycling and composting from the sites. It is still not clear how this will be coordinated outside venues, around race routes and for city operations in other cities, presenting a risk of variable standards being in place. We have made a new specific recommendation addressing this in the SGP report. Progress Made

Status at 31 Dec 2011

Progress Made

Status at 30 Sep 2011

Significant Risk

Status at 30 Jun 2011

Significant Risk

Status at 31 Dec 2010

Significant Risk

GLA City Operations are developing a sustainability plan and are to implement BS8901. Procurement is underway and the Commission has expressed concerns about how issues like this will be managed through the contractual process. LOCOG have provided some advice and support. Significant Risk. It is not yet clear how this will be coordinated for city operations in other cities, although GOE have an oversight role. No Evidence Yet

Status at 30 Sep 2010

Unsatisfactory Performance

CSL first raised the issue of sustainability in City Operations in our report to the Olympic Board Steering Group in October 2009. We were informed in January 2010, whilst conducting our last Annual Review, that sustainability standards would be developed and communicated within two months. We are aware that the GLA and LOCOG are working on this and we look forward to seeing evidence through the procurement process. However, without immediate action on this issue there is the risk that City Operations could undermine the sustainability image and performance of the Games.

Status at 30 Jun 2010

No Evidence Yet

Status at 31 Dec 2009

This review was published in March 2010. A statement on progress will be provided in the 2010 Annual Review.

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