Merton in short list for green purchasing award

Merton Council has been short listed for its efforts in good value and green purchasing as part of the Mayor of London’s Green Procurement Code Awards.

Merton will go up against seven other entrants in the category for best performing public sector organisation at the awards ceremony in central London this Tuesday 30th October.

The Mayor of London’s Green Procurement Code is a free support service for London based organisations committed to reducing their environmental impact through responsible purchasing, and Merton has been short listed in recognition of outstanding achievement in green purchasing.

To evaluate the entries for the awards one of the things the Mayor looks at is that boroughs are consciously changing their habits and buying more products with a recycled content. Measures put in over the last year at Merton have meant spending on recycled goods has increased by around 40%. This has a direct impact in the diversion of waste tonnage from landfill sites and CO2 emissions.

Councillor Tariq Ahmad, Merton Cabinet member for Environment and Traffic Management states:

“The London Borough of Merton is delighted to have been short listed for the Mayor of London’s Green Procurement Code Award. We always strive to put our residents first and aim to be focused in everything we do and so saving money and contributing towards a greener environment are crucial in achieving this.’

‘To ensure efficient, cost effective and high quality services for our residents, we have a duty to ensure that this is reflected in our purchasing. We are very pleased to be short listed for this award as it demonstrates that Merton is working hard to make sure we get the best result for our residents.”