Labtech initiative removes rubbish from Camden Market by canal

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by Keiligh Baker

LabTech have announced a partnership with social enterprise iRecycle to transport commercial waste away from Camden Market using barges on the Grand Union Canal.

The sustainability scheme aims to reduce Camden Market’s CO2 emissions by cutting down the number of vehicles on the road, enabling them to meet their ambitious environmental targets.

Previously, Camden Market’s waste management supplier saw over 5 tonnes of General Waste being incinerated per day, with no separation of recycling or food waste.

The new scheme will see the amount of food waste being recycled rise from zero to fifty percent, with over 4 tonnes of food waste from general waste already being recycled into approximately 2880 kWH of energy. This has saved over 2 tonnes of CO2 in just one month.

LabTech’s Retail Operations Manager, Bethan Foster said: “As well as dramatically reducing Camden’s carbon footprint, the move to barge waste disposal will significantly reduce the number of vehicle movements in one of the busiest areas of London for pedestrians. This will make Camden’s streets a more pleasant place to visit for tourists and locals alike.”

The move to barge disposal has already diverted over 220 miles of road transport and as well as significantly reducing congestion in one of London’s busiest pedestrian areas. Through the reduction in road travel, the new waste disposal scheme will also allow LabTech to reduce costs by avoiding the rising prices of fuel, as it aims to divert over 2000 miles of road transport in 2019.

Founder & CEO of iRecycle, Elliot Lancaster said “We have been working with Camden Market throughout the latter part of 2018 to ensure the service was seamless and the market maximised on its recycling capabilities. Being an early adopter of our innovative services, LabTech is clearly a forward thinking organisation with the environment in mind.”