Updated: Thursday, 13th August 2020 @ 11:08am

It's good to be green: Ashton scoops ‘Greenest Market’ award for eco-friendly policies

It's good to be green: Ashton scoops ‘Greenest Market’ award for eco-friendly policies

By Jon Robinson

Ashton has been named Britain's greenest market for its eco-friendly policies, scooping both the regional and national prizes in a prestigious awards.

Schemes including recycling litter bins, re-usable shopping bags and ‘Love Food Hate Waste’ cooking demonstrations all contributed to Ashton Market collecting the awards at the National Market Traders Federation ‘How green is your market?’ awards.

The market has halved the amount of waste it sends to landfill in the last two years and reduced its energy consumption by installing energy efficient fittings such as sensor lights, low energy use hand-dryers and Power Perfectors voltage optimiser units.

Cllr Kieran Quinn, Tameside Council's Executive Leader, said: “I’m delighted to see Ashton Market’s dedicated work to promote the eco message and influence the habits of traders and shoppers has won national recognition.”

Tameside Council’s investment in greener travel initiatives – which aim make it easier for shoppers to walk, cycle or use public transport to access the market – were also taken into account by the judges.

Cllr Quinn added: “Tameside Council has an on-going commitment to reducing the borough’s carbon footprint as well as helping local residents and businesses to take steps to lead more environmentally friendly lives and this award helps to highlight these continued efforts.”

National Market Traders Federation (NMTF) President, Julien Lewis, said: "NMTF believes Ashton-under-Lyne Market has demonstrated a firm commitment to sustainability that goes above the normal ‘call of duty.’

“It is testament to both the market managers and traders alike that Ashton-under-Lyne has won this award – NMTF believes it is the Greenest Market in the whole of the UK.”

People can also show their support of Ashton Market by voting for 'Ashton-under-Lyne' in the Market of the Year Awards, run by the National Association for British Market Authorities (NABMA).

The deadline for casting your vote is December 31 and for more information visit http://www.nabma.com/vote

The awards were established to encourage markets and traders to become more environmentally friendly.

Picture courtesy of Wiki Commons, with thanks.

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