The cash is from both the European Regional Development Funding (ERDF) and mayor Boris Johnson.

Mr Johnson highlighted one London firm Food Show, based in Stockwell, south London, which has benefited freom the funding.

The catering firm has set up its own organic recycling system for food waste with help from the fund.

Around 12 tonnes of organic food waste has been stopped from going to landfill and nearly 40 tonnes of CO2.

Mr Johnson, said: “Small businesses are part of the backbone of the London economy and, without this money, these projects would not happen at all.

“Thousands of jobs have been created and many businesses have been encouraged to make small but inspiring changes that have a big impact on the environment as well as save money.”

Luke Walsh

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