31 October 2007 | Andy Allen
Expenditure on recycled products in London has increased by more than £20 million in the past year, according to the deputy mayor of London.
Nicky Gavron said spending last year on recycled material by members of the Mayor of London's Green Procurement Code was £181 million, up from £157.9 million. He added nearly 475,000 tonnes of waste had been recycled as a result of last year's efforts.
Recycled stationery accounted for the bulk of green procurement. This included 1.3 million reams of recycled paper, 40,500 items of recycled furniture and more than 28,000 items of recycled carpet.
The Green Procurement Code is a free support service for London-based organisations committed to reducing their environmental impact through responsible purchasing. Members receive free advice from London Remade on the purchase of recycled goods. The code is now expanding to include low carbon products.
Since its launch of the code in 2001 members have spent more than £500 million on recycled products, saving nearly 400,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions.
"This year alone the purchase of recycled goods saved 216,000 tonnes of CO2 - an increase of 40,000 tonnes on the previous year," said Gavron. "The combined purchasing power of London organisations has huge potential to tackle climate change."