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Waste reduction could save small businesses 5% of turnover

Small businesses could save between 4 to 5 per cent of their turnover by reducing waste, according to recently launched Government advice. Waste reduction was one of the Governments top ten tips for businesses to save cash, carbon and water during the recession.

Partnering with other nearby businesses to manage waste and recycling and achieve economies of scale was suggested. And viewing waste as a resource or raw material for another business with opportunities to sell it on was also recommended.

Minister for Sustainability Lord Hunt said: "By making a few simple changes, businesses can make a big difference to their bottom line. These are good, practical tips that businesses can follow easily to cut their costs as well as do their bit for the environment - a bonus in both the current economic and environmental climate."

The tips are part of the cross-government Real Help campaign organised by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Department for Energy and Climate Change.

Top ten tips

1. Turn off all office equipment when its not being used.
2. Turn off lights in empty rooms and replace bulbs with energy saving ones.
3. Reduce water consumption by turning off taps fully and fixing drips.
4. Examine waste disposal costs and consider partnering with a nearby business to recycle your waste. Look at whether your waste could be turned into another business' raw materials.
5. Keep heating at a constant level and ensure doors and windows are shut when using heating or air conditioning.
6. Ask your suppliers about take-back schemes for unused products.
7. Minimise the need for travel, and drive efficiently when travel is necessary.
8. Invest in efficient equipment to help cut your energy, transport and water costs. Government support includes interest-free Energy Efficiency Loans and Enhanced Capital Allowances.
9. Use email where possible, set your PC to print double-sided and use refillable printer, fax and photocopier cartridges.
10. Tell customers and suppliers you're committed to reducing your environmental impact, and promote it through your marketing.


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