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  How Green Is Your Market?
Market Times • February 2013
 Ashton-under-Lyne is the UK’s greenest market
  Pictured from left to right are Steve Hadfield, market officer, Nicola Martin, market manager and Alan Jackson, head of service development for Tameside Council, receiving the greenest market award for Ashton-under-Lyne Market from NMTF President Julien Lewis
BRITAIN’S markets are the greenest places to shop and they are getting greener by the year.
That is the message from the National Market Traders Federation, which received a record number of outstanding entries for its How Green Is Your Market Competition, now moving into its sixth year.
Ashton-under-Lyne Market in Tameside was named as the greenest market in the North before scooping the top award of the UK’s greenest market. The Great Manchester market beat a strong field of entries from markets up and down the country, which are setting the gold standard for minimising waste, recycling and cutting down on their carbon footprint.
The winner for the Midlands was Boston Market in Lincolnshire, and in the South the award went to Frome Cheese and Grain Market in Somerset.
The most improved market was Morpeth in Northumberland, which won the top accolade in 2009. The award, entitled The Allan Draper trophy, in honour of the NMTF’s President-Elect who died last April, was presented by his widow, June. Allan was a passionate environmental supporter who helped Darlington Market, where he traded, to success in the competition.
NMTF National President Julien Lewis, who presented the other awards, said judging was
extremely difficult because of the high standard of the entries and the record number of markets competing for the prestigious title.
Ashton-under-Lyne market won the top award for its success in reducing its waste sent to landfill by over 50 per cent over the past two years. It has introduced cardboard recycling and the Council’s recycling service holds regular road shows in the market hall to promote different green schemes.
In an imaginative new initiative, the council has enlisted the help of a century-old horse-drawn refuse wagon to highlight its hundred years track record of waste management.
Boston in Lincolnshire has introduced recycling bins, which have reduced landfill waste significantly. It has reduced power consumption and introduced cycle parking to encourage greener transport to and from the market.
Frome Cheese and Grain Market in Somerset is a charity managed by a committee of volunteer trustees whose aims include operating the market building in a way that is environmentally sensitive and encourages sustainable development.
Morpeth Market has also continued to promote environmentally friendly measures including minimising waste and keeping energy use by traders to a minimum.
A recent survey showed that 90 per cent of shoppers felt they were environmentally friendly and were ‘doing their bit’ by bringing their own bags to market.
Sue Gosling, a trader on Boston Market, received the award for the greenest market in the Midlands
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