The Metropolitan Police Service will aim to recycle 45% of all its office waste by 2010 in order to meet its recycling targets.
The organisation has recycling bins in all of its offices and collects materials which include paper, cardboard and plastic bottles. The MPS also aims to reduce its waste by 25% based on 2004 levels as part of its sustainable waste management plan.
This target was a fairly ambitious target considering that in 2004/05, MPS recycling levels were just 9%, but the MPS felt that it was achievable with the right systems in place, said MPS head of environment sustainability Emma Devenish.
As part of the Greater London Authority group, the MPS strives to achieve the requirements put in place by the Mayor of London, such as exceeding the recycling targets in the London Plan [a planning document written by the Mayor of London] and meeting or exceeding targets set out in the Waste Strategy for England.
A food waste scheme is to be trialled in the 2009/10 financial year. Last year the MPS composted more than a tonne of green waste from its training facility at Hendon, north London.
The MPS also hopes to train its catering staff to influence other colleagues by switching to china instead of polystyrene and recycling bottles and cans.
The MPS also hopes to reach its 40% recycling target by this April.
Image: Met Police officer recycling at Kilburn office