Waste minister Lord Taylor has urged every council in England to commit to a voluntary code to drive up business recycling.
The Business Recycling & Waste Services Commitment, launched last October, was an “important opportunity”, he told council leaders.
Taylor told a Local Government Association conference seven councils had signed up to the commitment so far but he wanted substantially more to do so.
He said: “I would encourage more of you to [sign up]. The commitment is flexible and local authorities can make a bespoke commitment using the principles so that they can reflect their local circumstances and are relevant to the local businesses.
“I strongly recommend that all local authorities sign up to the commitment and send a strong message to how they are working to make it easier for business to do the right thing.”
The seven local authorities to have signed up are: Daventry District Council; Pendle, Reading and Slough borough councils; East Yorkshire and Rutland county councils; and the London Borough of Bexley.
The code is applicable to all local authorities regardless of whether they provide business waste and recycling services directly.
A WRAP spokesman said: “This is a big commitment. We’re talking to waste & recycling managers in the first instance and they in turn need to get senior management and/or cabinet approval.
“Some authorities feel that they are already in a position to sign up to all or some of the principles, but many need to review their current services; they are using the commitment as a framework for services that they are aspiring towards and inevitably it will take some time for them to be in a position to formally sign up.”