The North London Waste Authority (NWLA) has launched a guide aimed at helping businesses reduce waste.
NLWA’s Reduce Waste Save Money guide provides advice for businesses of all sizes on how to cut waste and reuse materials, as well as listing free re-use and recycling services.
It gives tips such as asking suppliers to take back bulk packaging for re-use, providing useable cups and cutlery for staff rather than disposable items, and shredding paper and card to make packaging.
Councillor Clyde Loakes, chair of the NLWA, said that the amount of money thrown away by businesses in north London was “astounding”.
“If an average north London restaurant reduced its food waste by just 20% it could generate annual savings of more than £2,000 by avoiding unnecessary food purchase costs,” he said.
“Disposing of waste is expensive for business owners as well, because landfill tax will continue to rise until 2014, by which time the tax alone will be £80 per tonne of waste. This will be 13 times the amount it cost to landfill a tonne of waste in 1996.”
London businesses produce around seven million tonnes of commercial and industrial waste every year, double that produced by households, according to the authority.
The guide quotes figures from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which indicate that UK businesses could save up to £6.4 billion per year by improving the way they use resources, and creating less waste.