Westminster City Council is extending a commercial and industrial (C&I) waste collection service to businesses in Marylebone.
Under the scheme, five free sample recycling bags will be offered to businesses in Marylebone and Fitzrovia, which can be filled with paper, cardboard, plastics, cans and aerosols and will be collected every evening.
If businesses wish to continue the waste collection service, the council offers individual bags at 72p each for small businesses, a pack of 50 for £36, which are expected to last businesses a month and the option of a 50 litre ‘minimax’ bin, which can be provided on a hire and collection charge basis.
The extension of the scheme comes after a trial in Mayfair in December 2008, which saw 1,124 tonnes of C&I waste collected from businesses, the equivalent of 160 Routemaster buses.
Westminster City Council cabinet member for city management councillor Ed Argar said: “We have a huge number of small businesses in Westminster, and we understand that they’ve got a lot on their plate dealing with the current economic hardships, so anything we can do which makes life easier for them at the same time as helping the environment, is a bonus.
“We know the vast majority of people want to do their bit for the environment, but one of the biggest barriers to recycling is time and convenience, rather than not wanting to recycle. I would urge as many businesses in Marylebone as possible to take advantage of this scheme.”