Businesses double recycling efforts

Businesses double recycling efforts

> Businesses have doubled their rate of recycling packaging waste in the last decade, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has revealed. Research by Defra found that UK firms recycled more than two-thirds of their packaging waste last year, around 6.6 million tonnes – almost twice the recycling rate of 30% in 1998. According to the Environment Agency, this equates to saving the amount of CO2 generated by around one-and-a-half million UK homes each year. The results mean that the UK easily exceeded EU targets for businesses to recycle 55% of their packaging in 2008. “This is a really significant achievement and shows that we are making good progress on packaging recycling,” said Environment Minister, Jane Kennedy. “Businesses which handle pa... »

Waste and Resources Action Programme

Small Business Recycling Assistance Withdrawn

Just as the environment starts to take greater prominence on the small business agenda, a scheme to help businesses to go green is abandoned. A scheme set up to help Small Businesses to recycle has been dropped by the organisation that runs it. The Funding Support Scheme for Recycling Services to Businesses was initially introduced as a boost to help UK SMEs to go green. WRAP, the Waste and Resources Action Programme, started the scheme in October last year with funding from Defra department BREW – the Business Resource Efficiency and Waste Programme. But after Defra cut its funding WRAP has decided to abandon the scheme. 40 applications for the scheme had already been received. It looks like these organisations will either have to go it alone or seek assistance elsewhere. WRAP have ... »