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New Convent Garden Market seeks opportunity to recycle more

The Enhance business support programme is working with the Convent Garden Market Authority (CGMA) to identify new opportunities to divert their waste from landfill. CGMA chief executive Jan Lloyd said: There are 250 companies based at New Covent Garden Market, employing over 2,500 people. We currently recycle 29% of our waste, including: cardboard, plastics, wooden pallets and organics. We saw an opportunity to recycle more, particularly of our organic waste, which is the largest proportion. The Enhance programme is helping us plan for our aim to send zero waste to landfill. Enhance is the support service for green enterprises in London. It helps develop businesses and social enterprises that reduce Londons waste, reuse resources or work with recycled materials. The programme is supported by £4.8 million from the London Development Agency and delivered by London Remade and the London Community Recycling Network. The project is helping the CGMA improve the recycling facilities needed for a sustainable market. Market businesses have been surveyed about their concerns over the excessive waste produced on site and a detailed waste audit was conducted over four days. London Remade senior project manager Kate Nelson said: New Covent Garden Market is the UKs largest horticultural market and has a large concentration of catering distributors. This, together with the 340 different types of fruit and vegetables they sell, demonstrates a complete waste system and unique opportunity for recycling and reprocessing. Through the Enhance programme, we have been helping the CGMA to identify opportunities to future proof their waste management processes and facilities. We hope to help make New Convent Garden the most sustainable market in the UK.

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