A retail giant is to sell recycled stationery products for the first time, in a move supported by Recycling Action Yorkshire (RAY) and the Waste & Resources Action Programme. ASDA supermarkets are selling everything from recycled notebooks to recycled pencils in stores across the country. The store received information and advice from RAYs Buy Recycled Hands on Support programme. The programme encourages organisations in the Yorkshire and Humber regions to buy more recycled products and increase the amount of recycled content they use in their products. RAY procurement project manager Lorna Peacock said: Hands on Support provided ASDA with the assistance and confidence it needed to fast track the introduction of these new recycled products. If the recycling industry in Yorkshire is to grow and prosper there has to be markets for its products. This is why RAY is actively promoting the benefits of buying and selling recycled products to businesses within the region, providing an incentive for recycling businesses to invest in the Yorkshire and Humber region. The Hands on Support programme has now worked with 32 organisations including the University of Sheffield and Bramalll Construction. Working with companies like ASDA to deliver reduced environmental impact through buying recycled products means encouraging the integration of sustainable procurement into everyday purchasing decisions, adds Peacock. ASDA stationary buyer Chloe Cross said that the store is committed to making more recycled and sustainable products and to give customers more environmentally friendly choices when they go shopping. RAY has also developed an online recycled product guide for businesses and organisations in the region who wish to switch to sustainable products. Image: Lorna Peacock, procurement project manager for RAY, with a range of recycled content product.