SMEs have historically found the practice difficult, with the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) now looking to develop services that make recycling at work easy, convenient and cost effective.
It has launched an open tender, inviting bids from organisations, businesses and local authorities who are able to replicate good practice models and provide recycling services to SMEs.
Tenderers will be expected to select and replicate one of four good practice models which have been developed following the completion of a series of feasibility trials.
The models are focused on particular types of recycling services for particular SME sectors and include key principles such as pricing structure, recruitment of SMEs, sales and marketing approaches and sustainability. These are:
-A multi material recycling service primarily for offices. This will take waste away from commercial and industrial businesses in urban areas.
-A glazier and window installation recycling service consisting of the provision of drop off facilities in urban areas. This should encourage SMEs in the glazing and window replacement sector to deposit recyclable waste such as window glass, wooden, metal and UPVC frames at designated points for segregation and recycling.
-A glass container collection service for hospitality businesses, focusing on licensed premises such as pubs, bars, restaurants, hotels, sports and leisure clubs.
-A city centre cardboard and paper recycling service that should consist of collections primarily from retail businesses, offices and hospitality businesses and where possible will include a facility for plastic bottles and cans.
The closing date for tender submissions is Tuesday 14 November, with details available at www.wrap.org.uk/sme.