SME’s pushed towards recycling

A new charter has been created to improve access for SME’s, small and medium sized enterprizes, to recycling services and local council representatives and small businesses have already signed up to it. According to figures released by the Government,  SME’s created 30m tonnes of waste every year, and are achieving recycling rates of just over 50%.

There have been complaints from small businesses across the country however that they often find it a struggle to access recycling services that are also cost effective, and due to this are actually throwing away materials that could be recycled. It has been announced that the Business Waste and Recycling Services commitment has the backing of the LGA, Local government Association as well as the Federation of small businesses and is aimed at tackling this problems.

It intends to encourage councils to work with the SME’s in their area to to improve access for them to recycling services. This voluntary commitment has come about after a series of meetings between the FSB and the LGA that were brokered by Defra. It features 12 pointers that they have called principles of best practice and the local councils should adhere to these.

Included in these 12 points are measures that have been designed to make sure that SME’s have access to local recycling collection services and that councils should work with their local businesses to ensure that services are tailored to meet t heir individual needs.

A spokeswoman from Defra has told BusinessGreen that this new commitment could also see the way being paved for several councils to allow small businesses access to some recycling points for domestic recycling, thus increasing the number of recyclable materials that are collected from businesses.

Lord Taylor is the recycling minister, and he has said of the commitment that it will bring much needed assistance to those smaller businesses that want to do the right thing environmentally but are struggling due to the lack of a food local recyling service. He added that this was the first time that they have got a solid agreement from councils to make things easier for small firms to recycle more materials.

The committee chair for the environment for FSB,David Caro, echoed Lord Taylor’s sentiments, and he has in turn predicted that that the recycling rates of businesses will greatly increase as a result of this agreement. He also said that research carried out by the FSB shows that 95% of SME’s would recycle more if they has access to recycling facilities and that the FSB were very pleased that Defra had launched this commitment to address this issue.

The chairman of the LGA environment board, Councillor David Parsons has, however, insisted that many of the councils involved already provide good recycling services for both their domestic and business waste.