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Metropolitan Police Service wins awards for environmental work

The Metropolitan Police Service has recently won several awards in recognition of work to improve the sustainability of its policing operations.

A Green Apple Award will be presented to the service at the House of Commons in November for its environmental work. The awards were introduced in 1994 by the Green Organisation to recognise and promote environmental best practice around the world.

The Met has also retained its gold standard in the Mayor of London’s Green Procurement Code and won a “Best of Public Sector” award for work on implementing sustainable procurement within the service.

Sustainable policing

The Metropolitan Police Service aims to deliver policing through the responsible and sustainable management of all resources.

The service’s Corporate Social Responsibility Strategy confirms the organisation’s commitment to being responsible and sustainable and to managing practices in order to balance environmental, social, ethical and economic considerations. Building on existing corporate strategies, activities and processes, the strategy provides the MPS with a coordinating framework to identify, report and manage the complex myriad of environmental, social, ethical and economic impacts as part of overall business planning.

The strategy makes a particular commitment to improve the sustainability of the provision of its services to ensure the safety and security of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Recycling rates have been increased during support of events such as Wimbledon (up by 15%) and the Notting Hill Carnival (up 40%) in preparation for London 2012.

Anna Gledhill, recycling officer, at the MPS, said:

“As part of our policy, the MPS has set challenging environmental targets to reduce office waste by 25% and continue to improve on our recycling rates. We are constantly looking for new markets for our recyclable materials so that we can conserve resources and save money, as well as looking at how we can reduce the amount of waste generated.”

The Met has successfully implemented a number of other key projects to help the organisation further improve its environmental performance, including:

  • In 2010/11, the recycling and recovery rate for waste generated across the Met was 64%, the highest ever, including at least 95% of construction wastes from large developments being diverted from landfill.
  • An energy efficiency revolving fund which recycles savings made from carbon projects into further environmental initiatives.
  • Diversion from landfill and revenue generation for waste including metals, guns, knives, keys, horse manure, catering oil and furniture. £4.6 million was saved in total avoided costs and savings for 2009/10 from waste reduction, reuse and recycling.

The Met also chairs the National Police Estates Group Environment Team meetings, working with other forces and agencies to share policies, procedures and best practices on a national level.

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