Commercial recycling success

More than four and a half tonnes of waste was collected from local businesses in just the first week of Malvern Hills District Council's new commercial recycling service - about the same weight as a large male hippopotamus.

The service was introduced to help businesses meet new UK waste regulations and launched on Tuesday 7 April. It means companies can now sign up to have their recyclable waste picked up every fortnight, in the same way households can.

Collections are made on Tuesdays and Fridays, 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.

Ivor Pumfrey, Head of Community Services at MHDC said: "We're really pleased with the success during the first week of our new service, and as it was Easter we expect the amount of recyclable waste to rise even further in the future.

"It is important that we all play a part in helping the environment and we hope that local businesses will join our new service and recycle as much as they can."

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