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Businesses get on board with new Council trade waste recycling service
by Stuart at 2007-03-28 12:30:29 (Forum::Public::NottinghamDeclarn)
A new trade waste recycling service has been launched by the Kings Lynn & West Norfolk Borough Council to help businesses do their bit for the environment.
The service has been introduced to help divert waste from landfill. The cost of sending waste to landfill has been increasing at a rate of around 7% each year.

Cllr Brian Long, Cabinet Member for Environment, commented: 'By re-negotiating our recycling contracts, we have cut the cost of recycling. All businesses have a duty of care to dispose of their waste responsibly and this new service means that businesses have access to an affordable and reliable service that meets all the legal requirements under the duty of care. Hefty increases in landfill tax are set to continue, whereas the costs of recycling are likely to increase only by inflation, so there are definitely savings to be made.

'Not only that, but consumers do an awful lot to recycle their own waste at home - in West Norfolk around 28% of domestic waste is now recycled. Consumers expect businesses to be socially responsible by doing their bit for the environment too.'

HMV, one of the first businesses to take advantage of the service, have diverted around 3/4 tonne of waste from landfill in the first three months. Deputy Manager Anthony Crisp said: 'We have been wanting to recycle much of our trade waste for some time, rather than sending it to landfill, but we haven't been able to justify the cost. This new service provides us with a cost-effective solution for the regular collection of our paper, cardboard and plastics. And because staff are generally in the recycling habit at home, we have found the transition really easy.'

HMV Press Officer Carol Perera added: 'HMV's aim is to achieve sound environmental practices across all our sites in order to reduce the adverse impact of our operations on the environment. We will regularly review environmental concerns and will take a lead in HMV Group's initiatives.'

Businesses that take up the new service receive a certificate and window sticker so that their customers know that they are being environmentally responsible in the disposal of their trade waste.

Since the proposals were first outlined at the business rates consultation meeting in January, over 30 businesses have signed up for the service. Businesses wishing to take up this service can register their interest with the Waste Management Team. A waiting list is in place, which each individual business receives a personal visit to ensure that the arrangements put in place are appropriate for their businesses requirements.

For more information about the duty of care, or trade waste recycling facilities, contact the Waste Management section at Borough Council of King's Lynn & West Norfolk on 01553 616200, or visit the website www.west-norfolk.gov.uk/Wastemanagement


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