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Recycling is often cheaper and more convenient than commercial waste collection
  • Recycling is often cheaper and more convenient than commercial waste collections which frequently go straight to landfill
  • Over a third of businesses that recycle say it has improved their reputation within the local community which can help boost sales
  • Over a quarter of companies who recycle at work say they have saved space by having designated areas and clearly labelled containers/bins for specific materials. Source: www.wrap.org.uk
  • We use 12.5 million tonnes of paper and cardboard every year in the UK. Source: Confederation of Paper Industries
  • There is a legal obligation on businesses to separate out recyclable materials before their waste is disposed of
  • It is an offence to dispose of business waste through domestic collections or in public recycling facilities. Breach of this Duty of Care can carry with it a penalty of up to £5000
  • The landfill tax payable by waste collection companies who do not recycle is due to increase significantly in April 2009. This will lead to higher collection charges for their customers, particularly when contracts are renewed
  • Industry and commerce produced about 75 million tonnes of waste in 1998/99 in England and Wales. In that year 68% of commercial waste was landfilled, 4% was incinerated and 29% was recycled or composted
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