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Bobbies to get recycling facilities

London's Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) is to provide recycling facilities for its police officers and support workers.

The Met is to find new office space for 3,500 staff and will provide a range of facilities to recycle as well as energy efficient lighting and air conditioning.

It will also continue trials of alternatively fuelled vehicles as part of its new five-year environmental strategy.

MPS director of resources Keith Luck said: "The publication of this strategy marks a significant step forward for the Metropolitan Police Service. With over 47,000 staff and officers, and responsibility for a large vehicle fleet and over 6 million square foot of property assets, we are in a position to actively minimise the impact we have on the environment and contribute to the Mayor's policy of sustainable development.

"We have already had notable successes, for example purchasing 100% of our electricity needs from renewable sources, trialling alternatively fuelled vehicles and trialling recycling."

As part of the strategy, the police will also be training its Police Community Support Officers to be trained to identify problem issues such as litter, graffiti and vandalism working across 256 Safer Neighbourhood Teams.

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