The shortlisting recognised the fact that in 2017, with councils averaging 47% recycling, First Mile customers smashed the Mayor’s 65% recycling target for London, 12 years ahead of schedule.

It also recognised the continued customer growth (25% year on year for the last 6 years), and a number of further sustainability initiatives made by First Mile including;

  • The roll-out of electric vehicles for special collections, and even bicycle deliveries.
  • The opening of the UK’s first pre-sort sack sorting facility, the “Sacktory®” which massively helped reduce contamination and prevented 376,000 KG’s of CO2 emissions in its first nine months.
  • The launch of new recycling services for our customers for flexible (single-use) plastics, and coffee cups.
  • The launch of a new web and mobile app, allowing customers to order and manage recycling and waste services online or on their phone, from anywhere in the world.

The ceremony is on 28th of November, fingers crossed we win… A huge thank you to all of the customers who have helped us achieve this and continue working with us to make a positive impact on the planet.