WRAP explores new recycling opportunities
Two pilot projects will explore new ways to
overcome barriers to recycling for small and medium sized enterprises.
The projects will be managed by Waste & Resources Action
Programme (WRAP) and funded by Defra as part of its Commercial
and Industrial Waste programme. They will run a bring bank service
for at least six months on three sites, with the aim of developing
commercially viable service models that can be replicated across
By offering a bring bank solution to enable several nearby small
to medium enterprises (SME) to recycle, it is hoped that a number
of the barriers previously encountered can be overcome. Barriers
to recycling for SMEs include lack of storage, difficulties in
obtaining recycling collections and lack of incentive to recycle.
One project will operate at two business parks on the outskirts
of Bristol, where steel storage containers to collect the recyclable
materials will be located in accessible places on each business
park. Businesses that sign up to the scheme will be able to recycle
glass, cardboard, paper, cans and plastic bottles. Incentives
such as free waste reviews and free glass collection will be
used to attract businesses to the scheme.
The second project will trial a new model using a bring bank
site adjacent to a cash and carry warehouse on Merseyside. This
system is similar to those used at Household Waste and Recycling
Centers across the country. The Merseyside trade recycling center
will operate on a membership basis and provide SMEs with a viable,
cost-effective opportunity to recycle their waste. SMEs will
be able to sign up to the scheme via a bespoke website, and will
be able to recycle paper, cardboard, rigid and flexible plastics
WRAP will be reviewing the pilots after six months of operation
and if successful, will be encouraging the roll out these service
models more widely.