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Bexley's small businesses are keen to go green

A new food waste recycling service provided by a south London-based council for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) has proved that businesses are keen to go green. Bexley Council has initiated a scheme that provides weekly collection services for businesses involved in the preparation, selling and serving of foodstuffs. It includes restaurants, cafes, takeaways, florists and other small businesses. Waste minimisation and recycling officer Mark Jam said: In justninemonths the scheme has collected 70 tonnes of food waste. The food waste is then taken to an in-vessel composting unit. The compost produced from the food waste is then sold on the open market, some ends up with other local authorities in London, which they use in their parks. This is the complete loop in the recycling process." Supported by the Waste & Resources Action Programmes (WRAP) SME Recycling Programme and the London Development Agency, this new service was created as a convenient and cost effective alternative to landfill. The council claims that SMEs often lack the resources to investigate recycling schemes and do not generate the volumes of waste needed for many commercial waste collection contracts. WRAP SME recycling programme manager Liz Morrish said: Because of the nature and size of their businesses, SMEs need schemes that are easy to set up and implement, cost effective, save space and create tidier workplaces. The success of the new service clearly shows that people want to recycle at work and find a viable alternative to sending their food waste to landfill.

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