First Mile to continue its partnership with PaddingtonNow for two years

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Recycling company First Mile has announced that it will continue its partnership with Central London Business Improvement District (BID) PaddingtonNow for two years. 

The recycling firm, who manage over 20 BID contracts across London, will service the recycling needs of 306 PaddingtonNow businesses, including hotels, offices and food establishments.  


According to First Mile, 1.7 million tonnes of food is discarded in the UK annually, leading to food recycling becoming a major focus of the partnership.  

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PaddingtonNow will be subsidising food recycling services for its environmentally-minded businesses and turning food waste into clean energy and fertiliser through anaerobic digestion, with the aim of increasing its 86% recycling rate.  

The partners are also piloting new technologies to reduce contamination of recycling and to measure the air quality impact of using one round to collect all waste, which is only possible due to the proximity of First Mile’s Park Royal based sack-sort facility.  

First Mile founder and chief executive Bruce Bratley said: “Having enjoyed a fantastic partnership with the team at PaddingtonNow for almost a decade, we’re thrilled to continue working with them to improve recycling rates in the district. 

“PaddingtonNow’s vision to tackle contamination and pilot new technology with us to ensure more material is recycled is admirable. We look forward to another two years of improving recycling rates in Paddington.” 

PaddingtonNow BID manager Chris Peers said: “Our partnership with First Mile makes it easy for our members to recycle more of their waste and provides access to a good customer experience. Having a high density of members using the same provider also has huge benefits for local air quality by consolidating collections in the area on just one vehicle.” 

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