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Dorset Forums make business recycling easier

A project in East Dorset has helped one business increase recycling by 50% while slashing its waste budget and is similarly helping other local businesses. The Arena Business Centre was assisted by the Ferndown and Verwood Business Forums, which help local businesses raise their recycling rates, by finding ways to make recycling easier and cheaper. Project leader for the Forum, East Dorset District Council economic development officer Stuart Burley said: Our research has shown that the majority of businesses are enthusiastic about recycling, both for environmental reasons and to reduce their own waste costs, but generally its seen as being too time-consuming and impractical. We took these concerns on board at the Forum and tried to find a way to make recycling easier. By establishing the range of possible waste and recycling services available to businesses we were able to inform them about simple, effective and economical services which met their individual needs. As well as offering advice, the Forum negotiated a discount with Commercial Recycling for service users such as Arena. The company offers a combined waste and recycling programme, so businesses dont have to separate their waste. Arena Business Centres spokeswoman Sharron Domanska said: The Forum has done a fantastic job to drive this important issue forward and implement effective changes, which have been openly embraced by all Arena Business Centre clients. Our collaboration with the Ferndown Forum will substantially reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill and initiatives such as this are key to the future. The Ferndown and Verwood Business Forums are publicising the waste and recycling services to companies on business estates and are confident that others will follow the lead of Arena Business Centres. Image: Stuart Mariner, from Commercial Recycling Ltd, and Sharron Domanska, from Arena Business Centres, are working in partnership to help Ferndown and Verwood Industrial Estates go green.

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