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More than 80% of SMEs are still unaware of Pre-Treatment legislation

More than 80% of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are unaware of the Pre-Treatment Requirement legislation that comes into force in a few days time. A new survey conducted by YouGov on behalf of Taylor Intelligence, a recycling and waste container solutions company, interviewed 610 employers within SME companies and found that most did not make a connection between recycling and the requirement. A total of 81% were not aware that if businesses recycle before waste is collected, via source segregation, then this constitutes pre-treatment. Taylor sales director Dr David Gillett said: The data shows that one of the reasons why businesses are not really aware of the legislation is because it has not been communicated effectively to them. There was even lack of communication between Government agencies and the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) - even at that level there is not a great deal of awareness. Lack of awareness at the start of the requirement will be similar to the situation of the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment regulation. It was a light touch for a while and then the ratchet was tightened. It is a question of degree and time for companies to get used to the idea. The report also showed that a quarter of SMEs, who recycled at least some of their non-hazardous waste did not provide recycling bins inside the workplace for segregation and collection of recyclable waste. Over half the SMEs said that they think their employees would recycle if recycling bins were provided within the work place. Commenting on the findings Taylor chief executive Peter Selkirk said: The research suggests that there are significant business opportunities for the provision of recycling collection services and supply of waste bins within business premises and back-of-facility.

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