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Boxing up business waste

A simple cardboard box may be the answer to boosting business recycling rates, a London borough is hoping.

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC) has just introduced the Office Recycling Box to help the boroughs businesses separate their recycling inside their offices.

Designed to hold the councils orange recycling sacks that take commingled dry recyclables (card, paper, glass, cans and plastic bottles), the aim is to reduce contamination and make recycling for businesses easier.

RBKC revenue and sales liaison officer Andrew Round said the idea came about after the council took responsibility for commercial waste back in-house from Sita. Once the new department was set up in April 2005, the council asked its commercial customers what they wanted.

Businesses already had recycling sacks and containers outside, but most had difficulty separating their recyclables inside, with workers confused as to what could and couldnt be recycled at work and space an issue.

The result was a box that holds the orange recycling sacks used borough-wide, printed with a clear reminder of what can and cannot be recycled.

RBKC has been trialling the boxes in its own offices and has given some out to existing customers for free. It has just received an order for a further 100 boxes and said it would be launching a big marketing campaign for the new scheme after Christmas.

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