New Spitalfields Market

Integrated services, wood recycling, organic treatment, wheelie bin collection, cardboard and plastic baling

The Client

As London’s premier horticultural market, New Spitalfields Market offers the widest range of fruit, vegetables and flowers in the City. It houses the largest number of wholesalers and has the highest turnover, thereby making it the UK’s leading horticultural market. Operating under a Royal Charter which was granted in 1682, ‘Old’ Spitalfields Market moved out of the City in 1991 and now occupies a purpose built 31 acre site in Leyton, East London known as New Spitalfields Market. The Market consists of a Market Hall of 28,700 square metres (309,000 square feet) which houses 118 trading units for wholesalers dealing in fruit, vegetables and flowers.

New Spitalfields Market have been awarded Best Wholesale Market in the Market of the Year competition 2013. The waste management services were recognised and commended by the judges.

Our Customers, Waste Management, Integrated Services
Countrystyle offers a full site integrated service including sweeper, wood recycling, food collection and winter maintenance

Key Facts

  • Countrystyle began working with the City of London and New Spitalfields Market in July 2010
  • 95% landfill diversion achieved within 2.5 years
  • Maxmised re-use, recycling and AD by segregation of waste, recyclables and organics at source
  • Organics waste treatment via an on-farm AD facility run by a tomato grower. A good example of the circular economy in action, the biogas from the digestion process is used to supply heating for the greenhouses to grow tomatoes

The Solution

In July 2010, Countrystyle Recycling Limited was awarded a 7 year contract by the City of London Corporation for the combined cleaning, waste collection, recycling and grounds maintenance of the wholesale fruit, vegetable and flower market at New Spitalfields Market. Under the contract, Countrystyle provides full on-site waste, organics and recyclables collection, sorting, handling and, where applicable, baling as well as full on-site cleaning and winter maintenance provision. These services are provided on a highly complex, busy site therefore health and safety is paramount and is closely monitored and enforced by the three main site stakeholders; the tenants, the City of London Corporation and Countrystyle.

  • Organic waste from New Spitalfields Market is taken to an off-site, on-farm Anaerobic Digestion (AD) facility run by a tomato grower. Nothing is wasted. A good example of the circular economy in action is the fact that the biogas from the digestion process is used to supply heating for the greenhouses to grow tomatoes.
  • Broken wooden pallets and produce trays are shredded via Countrystyle’s in-house facility at Ridham Dock, Sittingbourne for subsequent panel board manufacture or biomass fuel;
  • The waste cardboard and plastics are sorted and baled prior to being recycled into new products by specialist organisations;
  • General waste is sent to an energy from waste facility which produces steam to drive turbines and generate green energy (electricity).

“We are delighted to have won the Best Wholesale Market 2013. The judges commented on the great improvements in waste management performance at New Spitalfields Market and this is in no small part thanks to the hard work and commitment from the team at Countrystyle. I would like to thank Countrystyle and the committed team at the Market for their continued assistance and I look forward to continuing our working relations going forward.” 

Nigel Shepherd, Superintendent, New Spitalfields Market