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Collectives will be the key

Collective Waste Contracts (CWCs) could help share the cost of commercial waste recycling, an LRS senior consultant told the Recycling and Waste Management  exhibition (RWM).

Speaking at a seminar on working through Business Improvement  Districts (BIDs) to increase recycling rates, Sarah Griffiths said that CWCs could also help with the redefinition of municipal waste, which will arrive with the EU Waste Framework Directive (WFD) in December.

Griffiths said: “It may be a good way of sharing the cost burden – one of the issues at the moment is if the definition of municipal waste is changing, are the local authorities just expected to accept that financial burden, how is that cost going to be shared?

“But working in partnership with BID or similar types of organisations, like town centre management organisations or chambers of commerce it’s a way of sharing that cost and it’s a way of businesses working with their community.”

According to Griffiths BIDs are a “precisely defined geographical area, within which businesses have voted to invest collectively in local improvements to enhance their trading environment” and can help to set up or subsidise CWCs.

Griffiths used the example of the Park Royal industrial kitchen area in London to highlight the usefulness of CWCs. She explained that 43 businesses arranged a CWC for food waste, and eventually collected 113 tonnes of food waste over eight months.

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