New Recycling Initiative for Westminster Businesses
19th August 2010
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A new recycling scheme from Westminster City Council could save businesses in Marylebone up to £30,00 collectively.

The scheme has been expanded into a new environmental iniative following a highly successful trial in Mayfair. It aims to encourage small businesses in Westminster to increase the amount of rubbish they recycle through daily evening collections. The scheme hopes to help the environment and offer businesses value for money.

The trial Mayfair scheme started in 2008 and since then the recycling vehicle has collected a whopping 1,124 tonnes of material. That's the equivalent of 160 Routemaster buses! By recycling their waste material in blue recycling bags rather than grey refuse bags businesses in Mayfair have saved over £31,00.

The scheme has now been rolled out to businesses in Westminster on a daily collection basis. They can help the environment by recycling paper, cardboard, plastic packaging, cartons, cans and empty aerosols.

Councillor Ed Argar, Westminster City Council's cabinet member for city management, 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."

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