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Waste industry must engage better with SMEs 2012-07-13 - No Comments

On 29 May 2012 a conference on commercial waste hosted by edieWaste and LAWR magazine took place in London.  Participants such as representatives from Defra, the Local Government Association (LGA) and the Environmental Services Association (ESA) agreed that even if the small and medium enterprises (SMEs) want to “do the right thing”, recycling is not a priority for them.

Louise Clark, Defra’s commercial and industrial waste policy head declared that there was “no silver bullet” to increase recycling rates among SMEs. However, she argued that there are good examples of how to influence SMEs behaviours such as Recyclebank and its voucher-based schemes for household waste. She also mentioned that in the case of multi-office blocks and estates, a waste recycling service on-site is not offered.

For Cllr Clyde Loakes, the LGA’s environment board vice chair, SMEs need to be pushed to recycle more, however, they also need tools to do it. For Matthew Farrow, ESA’s director of policy, the provision of simple solutions to SMEs in order to deal with their waste in a more resource-efficient way is the duty of waste companies. He argued that the information is often hard to understand, and therefore, it needs to be simplified.



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