SOLIHULL businesses started to test new recycling regulations.
Solihull is one of five areas to pilot a new business support programme to inform and prepare businesses for the new business recycling regulations which are coming soon.
These will require all businesses, healthcare establishments and academic institutions to separate for recycling, glass bottles and jars, metal food and drink cans, plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays, paper and cardboard and food waste from their general waste.
Solihull Council is working with WRAP, a global sustainability charity, and Sustainability West Midlands (SWM) to deliver the 10-week pilot, which runs until April 21.
A Business of Recycling website will be launched where businesses can make sure they comply with the new regulations and there will also be a waste calculator tool to help businesses learn how much waste they generate and how recycling can help save money.
In addition, dedicated business advisory support will be provided in Cranmore and Monkspath, Birmingham Business Park and Elmdon Trading Estate to help businesses understand how the regulations will affect them.
The Council said as this will be a regulatory requirement, it’s likely that in future an enforcement officer will undertake checks and ask to see evidence that businesses are complying with the new rules.
Councillor Ian Courts, leader of Solihull Council, said: “Businesses can be ambassadors for championing a sustainable future for Solihull.
“Through communicating messages to employees and reducing their carbon footprint, they can help accelerate the low carbon transition and encourage their employees to be more sustainable.
“Building on our close existing relationships with businesses, this new support programme delivered in partnership with WRAP and SWM, helps them to get ahead of the curve when it comes to recycling.
“By embracing the incoming changes to recycling, businesses will be able to increase their recycling rates and save money on waste disposal costs too, something which is particularly welcome for many businesses at the moment.”
Kamran Saleem, managing director at MotorServ-UK, said: “We’re grateful that WRAP have selected Solihull as a pilot area to roll out this important business support programme.
“Like many other businesses on the Monkspath – Cranmore estate, we’re keen to get ahead of the incoming changes to recycling legislation so the transition can be as seamless as possible.”
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