As part of the Government’s plans for Consistency in household and business recycling, new legislation is coming soon which will require all businesses, healthcare establishments and academic institutions to separate recyclables (glass, paper/card, tins/cans, plastics, and food waste) from their general waste. As this will be a regulatory requirement, it is likely in future that an enforcement officer will undertake checks and ask to see evidence that businesses are complying with the new rules.
WRAP – the Waste & Resources Action Programme – has developed a new business support programme to help businesses and non-household organisations (healthcare establishments and academic institutions) understand new business recycling regulations that will require businesses to improve/start recycling. Somerset County Council and Somerset Waste Partnership have been selected as one of 5 pilot areas to test the approach and evaluate results.
The pilot involves testing two approaches:
- Somerset-wide promotion of the Business of Recycling website to businesses through our normal communications channels and business newsletters
- Business Support Advisors to provide support in target areas – in this case, Chard, Ilminster and Langport.
A new website www.businessofrecycling.com has been developed to provide tools, guidance, and resources for businesses to help guide them through the process.
The website includes:
- The waste calculator tool – to help businesses/organisations calculate the amount of waste they generate and how recycling can help save money
- Guidance – to help businesses/organisations understand what they need to do and how to start/improve recycling in the workplace
- Free downloadable resources – a suite of ready-made communication assets and user guide to help raise awareness and encourage recycling in the workplace
WRAP will work with pilot partners to test the website and provision of business advisory support and monitor the impact and results of the pilots. The findings will be used to help shape and improve the final content of the Business Recycling website before it is rolled out nationally. Download the Guide here: https://mailchi.mp/3e2556d56fdb/wrap-the-business-of-recycling
Download the Guide here: https://mailchi.mp/3e2556d56fdb/wrap-the-business-of-recycling
Somerset County Council and Somerset Waste Partnership have also set up a new email address for general enquiries relating to the project: