First Mile, a waste collection service for Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) and batteries, has increased its business orders after receiving funding from a London support programme.
The Enhance Capital Fund gave First Mile a £95,000 grant to launch its service in December 2007 and since then the company has recruited about ten clients a day to its books.
First Mile managing director Bruce Bratley said: We want to get every small medium enterprise in London recycling by 2010. That may sound a tall order, but its easy with First Miles services. It is incredibly important that every business takes responsibility for the waste it produces. They must stop just thinking its a good idea to recycle and take action now.
The company provides London businesses with a package of storage sacks that can hold up to 25kg of heavy materials. Once the bag is full First Mile collect the bags and take it to be recycled. Bratley added that they take anything that does not fit into a wheely bin, including CRTs, fridges, large household appliances and computers.
Enhance is the support service that helps develop businesses and social enterprises that reduce Londons waste, reuse resources or work with recycled materials. It is supported by £4.8 million from the London Development Agency.
For more information about First Miles service see www.thefirstmile.co.uk
Image: First mile loading van