07 June 2001 | David Arminas
London businesses and borough councils are being asked to buy recycled products made from the city's rubbish in the initial phase of a new green purchasing code.
Mayor Ken Livingstone has written to the UK's top 100 firms and the capital's executive agencies urging them to sign up to the code, launched this week. It calls for a preference for recycled products when buying goods.
The initial focus will be for businesses and local government to buy products from London Remade, a new body that will be launched soon. The company, which cost £4.5 million to establish, will turn the capital's refuse into a range of resellable products such as stationery and other office supplies.
John Duffy, senior policy advisor at the GLA, said: "The participation rate for recycling among businesses is pretty low compared with the rest of Europe. We want to improve it."
The launch of the initiative coincides with the publication of a GLA report that claims corporate social responsibility is a major public concern.
But its findings contrast with a Mori survey, Investing in the Future, which casts doubt on the "cherished assumption" that the City cares about the environmental performance.