tops league of green product buyers
new study carried out for London Mayor Ken Livingstone has
revealed that Wandsworth is the highest spender among London
boroughs when it comes to buying recycled products.
research, carried out by recycling champions London Remade,
shows that Wandsworth last year spent more than any other
London borough on purchasing recycled products like paper,
plastic bollards and plastic litter bins.
plastic has also been used in the manufacture of the Orange
sacks now being used in the borough's new doorstep recycling
service. Since the introduction of this simple and convenient
service in April, household recycling levels in Wandsworth
have increased by 132 per cent.
the council bought more than 2.5 tonnes of recycled paper
last year and almost 190 tonnes of recycled plastics. The
total spend on recycled products was £461,000 - the
highest amount for a London council.
Remade estimate that Wandsworth's paper purchases alone saved
more than 38 trees, nearly 80,000 gallons of water, 10,500
kilowatts of electricity and prevented more than 68 kilos
of pollutants from contaminating London's air.
in more environmentally-friendly products is a long standing
policy of the council and echoes the commitments the council
has made by signing up to the Mayor's Green Procurement Code,
which aims to stimulate demand for new products that use recycled
member for corporate resources Cllr Maurice Heaster said:
"Wandsworth has always believed strongly in the importance
of sustainable development, and I am delighted that our long
standing commitment towards protecting the environment has
been recognised by this research.
are committed not only to increasing our own recycling levels,
but also to tapping into the markets and products that use
recycled materials. All
of our Orange sacks use recycled plastic and there are other
products we are now buying on a regular basis that have been
manufactured using recycled products like paper, litter bins
and traffic bollards.
will continue to explore all the new markets that are developed
by the recycling industry. If they can come up with products
that satisfy our requirements, then we will always actively
consider investing in them."
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