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Three fold green effects gained from Enhance cash

Three London recycling businesses have received capital grants from the Enhance Capital Fund to boost their recycling rates, reduce CO2 emissions and create jobs. Enhance, a support service for green businesses in London supported by the London Development Agency, has awarded grants to First Mile, Smash & Grab and Any Junk? to buy low-emission trucks, which will also increase their capacity to collect recyclable waste. It is expected that the trucks, bought with grants totalling £271,040, will increase waste collection capacity by 15,300 tonnes per year. This investment will also create 29 jobs and it is estimated that CO2 emissions will be reduced by 6,000 tonnes a year. The Enhance team was brought together by delivery partners London Remade and London Community Recycling Network, and the programme is funded by £4.8 million from the London Development Agency. London Remade senior project manager Kate Nelson said: "The Enhance Capital Fund, part of the Enhance business development programme, is injecting impetus into businesses to reduce London's serious waste problem. The first phase of capital grants will go a long way to increasing the amount of waste collected for recycling and reducing the amount that gets sent to landfill. This will greatly reduce methane gas emissions, which are over 20 times more harmful to the environment than CO2."

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