New business recycling service launched

Businesses will now be able to recycle the same materials as households as part of a new service launched by Malvern Hills District Council.

New UK waste regulations – introduced following an amendment to the EU Waste Framework Directive - now require businesses to separate recyclable material, such as paper, plastic, metal and glass, from other waste. The move is designed to improve the quality and quantity of recycling across the UK and reduce the amount of waste going to landfill.

To help businesses meet their new obligation MHDC is launching its new commercial recycling service on Tuesday, 7 April and collections will be made fortnightly on a Tuesday and Friday, but not necessarily on the same day as general waste which goes to landfill.

Bins vary in size from 240 litres to 1100 litres and prices range from £8.55 for a 240 litre bin per collection to £42.50 for 25 recycling sacks.

All recyclable material will be sent to be sorted and processed at the Envirosort plant near Worcester.

Businesses based on Malvern Hills Science Park are among the companies using the service.

Tom Robinson, Facilities Coordinator Malvern Hills Science Park said: "Using Malvern Hills for our recyclable waste has allowed us to consolidate our suppliers, which made invoicing and management much simpler and saved us money on our previous solution. We can now recycle glass as well which wasn't possible before."

Ivor Pumfrey, Head of Community Services at MHDC said: "We are really excited to be able to offer this fantastic new service to our existing and new business customers. Over half of our commercial customers have already joined the new service and we have also attracted some brand new customers.." 

"We hope this service improvement will encourage businesses to recycle as much as possible so we can all play a part in helping our environment."

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