New work by the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) aims to evaluate the most appropriate recycling services for city-based small to medium enterprises (SMEs).
Two trials based in Manchester and Oxford will look into the most effective collection techniques, collection frequencies and materials to collect.
WRAP SME recycling programme manager Liz Morrish said: “Businesses in city centre locations can find it particularly difficult to recycle their waste due to having a lack of storage space and accessibility issues.
In Manchester, social enterprise EMERGE Recycling, which has experience of operating services for both households and businesses, will provide an innovative new scheme for SMEs in the city centre.
Paper and cardboard from offices, shops, pubs, clubs and restaurants will be collected, with 150 businesses signed up to the initiative.
Similarly, Oxford City Council will collect bundles of flattened cardboard from smaller retail businesses in the city centre and Crowley Road areas, with 70 firms participating in that scheme.
Oxford City Council waste and recycling development officer Peter Dobson said: “This trial represents an ideal opportunity for us to improve trade waste recycling in Oxford and help businesses manage their waste more effectively.”
The trials form part of a wider initiative in which WRAP is working on behalf of Government to develop a feasibility study for SME recycling and identify overall areas of best practice.