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City firms cutting back on single-use plastics and committing to improve London’s air quality are being urged to enter the capital’s top environmental gongs. The City of London Corporation, which runs the Clean City Awards, wants to hear from firms of all sizes and sectors across...

City firms cutting back on single-use plastics and committing to improve London’s air quality are being urged to enter the capital’s top environmental gongs.

The City of London Corporation, which runs the Clean City Awards, wants to hear from firms of all sizes and sectors across the Square Mile. The awards open for applications on 7 September.

The scheme, now in its 26th year, rewards businesses leading the way in improving environmental performance – be it by reducing their plastic use, taking action to cut their carbon emissions or just going that extra mile to be more environmentally friendly.

There are four award categories; Resource and Circular Economy; Plastic Free City; Air Quality and Climate Action; Communication and Engagement.

There is also a chance to apply for and win the Chairman’s Cup, which looks at organisation’s  environmental and sustainability performance, and behaviour change during the Covid-19 outbreak.

Applications are open until 16 October 2020.

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Winners from last year include the Bank of England, Bow Lane Dental Group, Linklaters and Standard Chartered Bank.

Together, they cut over a million sets of single-use plastic cutlery, and tens of thousands of plastics cups, water bottles and plastic toothbrushes. Hundreds of thousands of plastic coffee cups were also eliminated.

Keith Bottomley, chair of the City of London Corporation’s Environmental Services Committee, said: “The Clean City Awards recognise how City businesses are pushing the boundaries on environmental sustainability.

“Our ambition is to make the City of London free of single-use plastics and harness the clear desire amongst City workers, residents and visitors to eliminate their use.

“We want to hear from firms going above and beyond by reducing plastic, improving recycling and helping to keep the streets clean.”

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