His Royal Highness Prince Charles paid a visit to Southwark last week as part of an initiative to reduce waste and prevent climate change.
The royal’s visit was part of the ‘Waste to Wealth’ summit held last Thursday, which brought together leading figures in government and business to Veolia’s waste management depot.
Other notable attendees among the 200 guests included Michael Gove, the Environment Secretary, and waste campaigner and celebrity chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.
The Prince of Wales delivered a speech challenging businesses to be more green while Michael Gove gave an address detailing how the government is supporting businesses who are stepping up to be more eco-friendly.
Gavin Graveson, Executive Vice-President, Veolia UK and Ireland said: “We still have the chance to balance the scales – but this depends on a colossal effort of business. The next generation could look back at the magnitude of mistreatment our environment has received or how we were its saviours.”
Cllr Richard Livingstone, Cabinet Member for environment, transport management and air quality, said that the council welcomed the distinguished figures to the summit, adding that it was proud to have the best recycling rate in Inner London.
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