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Olympic bid prioritises recycling

By Greg Pitcher

Londons Olympic bid team is today trialling a co-mingled collection system as part of its commitment to hit recycling and green procurement targets.

London 2012 put pen to paper on the highest level of the Mayors Green Procurement Code earlier this month.

This means that the company will have to work closely with London Remade to agree targets and meet them.

So the partners are trialling a recycling system at todays Athletics Grand Prix at Crystal Palace in readiness for the Olympics.

They are working with Australian firm Visy, which has valuable experience from the Sydney Olympics in 2000, to set up recycling points at the stadium.

This builds on the Heathrow Youth Games at Crystal Palace earlier in the month, where 42% of waste was recycled into glass, plastic and paper bins.

London 2012 chief executive Keith Mills said: Environmental issues form a key part of our plans to bring the games to London.

Working closely with London Remade will ensure that we are considering not only the most sustainable and locally sourced materials, but also reducing our impact on the surrounding environment by sustainable waste-management practices.

London Remade chief executive Hugh Carr-Harris added: London has a great deal to offer as a host city and has the ability to be one of the most sustainable games yet.

Through signing up to the highest level of the Mayors Green Procurement Code, London 2012 has already demonstrated its commitment to making this a reality.

We look forward to working with them on not only sustainable procurement but waste management and recycling issues in the build up to a successful bid.

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