A new cardboard and paper recycling service operated by Houghtons Waste Paper in partnership with Axion Recycling has proved a success for local businesses in Stockport. The scheme provides a recycling collection point for 26 small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) on industrial estates and business parks in Stockport. Supported by the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) the scheme was created as a convenient and cost effective alternative to landfill. According to Axion Recycling, SMEs often lack the resources to investigate recycling schemes and generally do not generate the volumes of waste needed for many commercial waste collection contracts. Axion Recycling project coordinator Jane Gardner said: We are really pleased that our service has had such a positive response from SMEs in the area who told us they wanted to recycle more but previously lacked the appropriate infrastructure to do so. Most businesses have said that now they have started to recycle they intend to continue, which is great news for Stockport and for the environment. WRAPs recycling programme manager Liz Morrish said: Because of the nature and size of their businesses, SMEs need schemes that are easy to set up and implement, cost effective, save space and create tidier workplaces. The success of the new service clearly shows that people want to recycle at work and find a viable alternative to sending their cardboard and paper waste to landfill.