The packaging, used for deliveries to St James Wholesale Market in Bradford, will be collected by the plastics recovery firm at the same time as it delivers black plastic refuse sacks for use at the market. Cromwell will grade the material which will then be used to produce further rubbish sacks. Market staff will use a baler to create at least one half tonne bale of the used shrink wrap each week, ready for collection.
Bradford Council has increased recycling at the market over the past 18 months so that 30% of rubbish including cardboard and unwanted fruit and vegetables is now reused, cutting £25,000 off the markets £80,000 annual landfill bill. The authority expects to recycle 60% of waste within the next 18 months. Each month 40 tonnes of fruit and veg waste is sent to Yorkshires water treatment works, where it is mixed with slurry to form compost that can be used for agriculture, land restoration and landscaping. Fifteen tonnes of cardboard per month is now recycled into half tonne bales and sold to a local paper producer.
Bradford Council marketing general manager Colin Wolstenholme said: The council is committed to protecting and enhancing the environment and is keen to endorse the three Rs reduce, reuse and recycle. Since January 2005, tenants have taken recycling waste seriously and awareness of reducing waste that goes to landfill means they are not only helping the environment but are also saving money.