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London Mayor upgrades Green Procurement Code

The Mayor of London has extended his Green Procurement Code to advise businesses to use more products that generate less waste. Previously, the Green Procurement Code, focused on stimulating demand and creating markets for recycled products. Its members have spent £548.7 million on recycled products and diverted 1.8 million tonnes of waste from landfill. The new Green Procurement Code will encourage businesses to use alternative products to reduce the environmental impact that they make on the environment, a London Remade spokeswoman said. Examples of products to reduce waste through green procurement are: printers, promotional banner stands, rechargeable batteries and carpets. Companies such as JPR graphics take back banner stands for recycling and will replace the graphics so that the stand can be reused when the graphic becomes defunct. A new green procurement website has also been set up so businesses can be put in touch with suppliers that supply sustainable goods. Mayor of London Ken Livingstone said: I have updated my Green Procurement Code so that more businesses can get specialist support to buy green products. In order to tackle climate change we have to take decisive action right now to cut our emissions of greenhouse gases. My new Green Procurement Code will help businesses to become energy efficient and use their resources more efficiently ultimately helping them to cut their carbon emissions. London based organisations can sign-up online at www.greenprocurementcode.co.uk

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