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New recycling service benefits businesses

Businesses in West Oxfordshire can now benefit from cheaper waste collections and recycle more as the district council introduces a commercial recycling sack and sticker service.

This is in addition to the wheelie bin commercial recycling service already being run by the district council.

The sack and sticker service is for those businesses that don’t have large volumes of commercial waste or can’t store a wheelie bin. Stickers are particularly useful for materials that won’t fit in a bin or a sack and are often used by retailers disposing of large cardboard packaging boxes.

Currently all waste collected in sacks and stickers is sent for landfill and the cost per sack / sticker is £2.06. The new recycling sack and sticker service will be cheaper at a cost of £1.80 per sack / sticker and cardboard, paper, plastic, tins and cans can be collected.

Cllr David Harvey, Cabinet Member for Environment said, “Having an enhanced commercial waste collection service at a reduced cost is excellent news for our trade sack and sticker customers, especially as the majority are small businesses. Diverting more waste from landfill enables them to do their bit for the environment too - overall the new service is a real win-win.”

One of the businesses using the recycling service is Mrs Bumbles deli in Burford. Shop owner, Andy Smith, said, “Like many other businesses in Burford, we generate a large amount of waste transit packaging based around cardboard and plastics. I was delighted when the Council launched the commercial recycling scheme as previously our waste had gone to landfill. It’s great to know that I can now easily recycle my waste materials, reduce my carbon footprint and save a little money each week.”

Businesses wanting to take part in the commercial waste collection service can purchase and collect sacks and/or stickers from the following: Burford Town Council, Carterton Town Council, The Guildhall in Chipping Norton, Council Town Centre Shop in Witney and Woodstock Town Council.

For further information, contact Jon Dowell on 01993 861732 or jon.dowell@westoxon.gov.uk

Posted : 05/07/2011 11:53:45

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