14 March 2002 | Robin Parker
London firms have surprised the organisers of a recycling project with their enthusiasm for it.
Hugh Carr-Harris, chief executive of recycling advisory agency London Remade, said 106 businesses have signed up to London's green procurement code - four times the original target.
At the official launch of the code last week, Ken Livingstone, London's mayor, said: "People are aware that we cannot repeat the destructive patterns of waste of the past, which was caused by a generation's attitude of inexhaustible supply."
But Robert Bobroff, of recycled bag supplier Symphony Environmental, said demands on funding meant some firms will take time to switch to recycled goods.
"A lot of large authorities have long-term contracts and won't look into recycled products until they go to tender again."
• CIPS has produced a version of its guide to buying recycled products specifically for the London project, which can be downloaded from CIPS