At the start of the year Tower Hamlets featured in the Governments 10 worst recyclers list for recycling and composting only 7.4% of its waste in 2004/05. But its green procurement strategy that has included the purchase of recycled pens and pencils, and use of recycled paper for council leaflets has earned it the award for Best Performing Public Sector Organisation at the Mayors Green Procurement Awards.
While the Dominion Theatre, currently home to We Will Rock You, earned the Extra Mile award for its pioneering environmental policy, previously non-existent in such a venue.
Announcing the awards, The Mayor of London Ken Livingstone said that signatories to the Mayors Green Procurement Code managed to divert 394,453 tonnes of waste from landfill through choosing to buy recycled products over the last year and saved 175,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions from being released.
There are increasingly fewer reasons not to purchase recycled products. Increased demand generated by environmentally responsible companies has led to a range of high quality and value for money products on the market, he said.
Indeed, this years signatories purchased from 244 suppliers, almost double the number used last year.
The winners were:
Best performing public sector organisation London Borough of Tower Hamlets
Best performing private sector organisation Workspace group
Best performing SME Business Eco
Best performing newcomer Environmental Business Products
Extra mile award for innovation in creating a sustainable workplace The Dominion Theatre