The six-month trial run by Axion Recycling, Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council and the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) aims to make recycling easy, convenient and cost effective for SMEs.
It is encouraging companies from 12 industrial estates in the Stockport area to share recycling facilities, including proportional skip hire costs. The trial wants to establish if this is a more attractive and cost-effective way for smaller businesses to deal with their waste and increase recycling.
Axion commercial director Roger Morton explained: A reasonable charge per company would be agreed with all parties so everyone would pay their fair share according to how much waste they deposit in the skip.
Lead businesses on the estates will house 12 or 40 yd³ skips and participating companies would be issued with ID cards for using the skips responsibly.
Throughout the trial the benefit to the participants of taking out their paper, card and plastic fractions will be measured in terms of waste reduction and disposal costs.
Findings from the trial will help shape a good practice model to be used by other businesses around the UK.