Market’s waste recycling efforts recognised
New Covent Garden Market has won an award at the annual Green Apple Environment Awards, recognising and promoting environmental best practice around the world.
The Green Apple – to be presented during a ceremony at the Houses of Parliament in November – recognises the market’s important work in promoting sustainability and 100 per cent recycling across the estate.
Celebrating the market’s ongoing relationship with waste management partner Bio collectors, the award is Green Apple’s environmental improvement prize for ‘Cultivating a Circular Economy: Bio collectors and New Covent Garden Market powering towards a greener future together.’
Previous Green Apple Award winners have subsequently won European and World Awards, taking on the status of International Green World Ambassadors by helping others to help the environment by demonstrating what can be achieved.
“As the landlord and management company of the market, we have an excellent working relationship with Bio collectors,” explained Colin Corderoy, senior operations manager for the market. “Bio collectors are local, their HGVs run on biogas generated from waste from the market and they are also able to use our waste to pump gas back into the network.”
The market recycles 100 per cent of its organic waste, which is transferred to an anaerobic digestion facility. All other waste – paper, wood, plastic, glass, and metal – is recycled (95 per cent) with the remaining 5 per cent converted as waste to energy. Nothing goes to landfill.