07 October 2004 | Mark Whitehead
Spending on recycled goods has risen sharply in London in the past year, a survey suggests.
More than £21 million was spent by 82 public and private-sector organisations in the survey by London Remade, charged with carrying out mayor Ken Livingstone's green purchasing code.
This is roughly twice the amount spent by slightly fewer bodies in last year's survey.
Building materials, including cement, steel and piping accounted for nearly half of the total, with recycled office paper coming second, followed by products used in making roads and pavements.
Most of the spending was by public-sector organisations. About a third was by private-sector companies.
London Remade claimed the results showed the code had been "a great success".
Insurance firm Legal & General, the London Borough of Lewisham and Upstream, an environmental agency, were named as the organisations most committed to the code, launched three years ago, in an awards ceremony coinciding with publication of the procurement report.
Livingstone said: "This code has demonstrated that buying recycled and sustainable products is possible and can make good business sense."