Councils to help businesses tackle waste
- Published on Wednesday, 19 October 2011 11:47
- Posted by Scott Buckler
Helping small to medium sized businesses meet their waste management responsibilities and recycle more is the aim of a new commitment being launched today
The new voluntary Local Authority Business Recycling and Waste Collection Commitment has been developed by the Local Government Association in partnership with Defra and the Government's waste advisor, WRAP. It seeks to formalise the way councils work with local businesses, particularly small to medium sized enterprises, to outline the level of service that can be expected and to encourage good waste disposal practices.
The commitment includes a pledge from local authorities to provide regular and reliable collections for businesses which require them. Councils will also be able to commit to offering advice on saving money by preventing waste, providing help donating unwanted items and buying second-hand goods and allowing access to certain household waste recycling centres.
Businesses are responsible for disposing of their own waste and recycling. In most cases this involves paying the local authority or another waste service provider to collect and deal with their rubbish.
Cllr David Parsons, LGA Environment Board Chairman, said: "There is a lot that councils can do and in many cases are already doing to help local shops, offices and eateries to minimise waste and boost recycling. A lot of councils also offer a very affordable waste collection service to businesses in their area.
"The new voluntary commitment gives councils the opportunity to send a clear signal to local businesses about the support and services they can provide. Local authorities and their residents have worked together to achieve a nearly four fold increase in the rate of household recycling in the past decade. We hope to help businesses replicate that success."