Bolton Council has won a national award for its pioneering recycling processes at Bolton Market.
Food waste is now converted to top quality compost and then sold to the public, and all cardboard is now recycled. Before it was all sent to landfill.
These initiatives were recognised when the council’s markets team won the ‘Innovation’ category at the recent National Association of British Market Authorities (NABMA) annual conference.
NABMA awarded the accolade due to the improvements the market traders and staff have made in recycling over the last year.
New practices have been introduced at the market, which mean that cardboard, plastics and food waste are all recycled in a compound on site.
The accolade is the latest in a long list for the market which has a growing reputation as the premier food market in the North West and has been praised by celebrity chefs Paul Hollywood, The Hairy Bikers and Thomasina Miers.
It has won a number of awards including Love Energy Savings - Innovative Saver Award 2015; Best Food Market in the BBC Radio 4 Food and Farming Awards 2011; Best Indoor Market 2010; and Tourism Retailer of the Year 2009.
Bolton Market also underwent a £4.5 million transformation last year.
Leader of Bolton Council, Cllr Cliff Morris, said: “Bolton Council aims to be at the forefront of recycling initiatives and nowhere is this more evident than in the initiatives we have introduced at Bolton Market.
"Winning this award is a tribute to all the hard work done day in and day out by traders at our great market and all our hard working dedicated staff. We are all delighted to receive such a top national honour."
Chief executive of NABMA, Graham Wilson, added: “Bolton's entry demonstrated real benefits for the environment and very real financial savings for the market which benefits both traders and the council. It is a worthy winner of NABMA's Market Innovation of the Year.”
Bolton Market opened in the 1930s and is one of Britain’s oldest food markets.
The indoor and outdoor market is open Tuesday and Thursday to Saturday, 9am to 5pm. The car boot market is open Sunday, 7.30am to 2pm.