Effective and responsible waste collection from businesses requires a different approach to dealing with household waste, according to Premier Waste Management.
Premier is responding to a report commissioned by Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) on behalf of the Welsh Assembly Government (WAG). The report looked at three methods of waste collection – co-mingled, two-stream and kerbside – and in particular the overall financial, environmental and social impacts associated with each collection system.
The report concluded that the kerbside sort option consistently outperforms both co-mingled and two-stream collection options. However, Premier argues that while this is true for households, it would not be appropriate, efficient or help to increase recycling rates if it were applied to business commercial waste.
Commenting, Tony Hitchens, Marketing Manager at Premier Waste Management said: "The data and research contained in this report and its contribution to the waste debate is welcome. However, for a small to medium sized business such as a shop, newsagent or office, a co-mingled collection service is the most suitable and appropriate option.
"What businesses tell us is that they are making great efforts to recycle as much of their waste as possible. The important thing is to make the process as easy and efficient as possible for them. By offering one collection container such as our Recycling Bank into which metal, cardboard, paper, plastic bottles and plastic film can be placed, we make it easier for the business to handle. It would be impossible to sort out by hand the weight and mass of material that a business can recycle, let alone lift it by hand.
"Our service was introduced in 2008 and we have seen the amount of recycling grow from zero to 160 tonnes per month. That 160 tonnes per month would have all been destined for landfill before we launched the service."