Guidance on Commercial Waste Collections

Providing facilities and interest for businesses to reduce their resource output and to join local recycling schemes is key to drastically cutting the amount of waste reaching landfill.

With the Federation of Small Businesses reporting that 95% of small businesses would recycle more if they had access to better facilities, there are a number of opportunities for waste managers and local authorities to benefit from increased commercial recycling collections.

What is WRAP doing?

Over the past 10 years WRAP has undertaken extensive independent research with a number of local authorities to address the challenges and opportunities presented by running successful commercial recycling operations.

During this time WRAP has provided resources, funding and support to assist an increase volume, quality and consistency of recycling collections, sorting processes and the provision of services for the sale of recovered materials.

What can my organisation do?

Organisations and local authorities yet to realise all the economic and environmental benefits of commercial collections can use WRAP’s reports, guides, tools and case studies to create further value from their commercial collection scheme.

Using the resources below, you can find out how to optimise the collections process, the best ways to communicate your collection campaign and what you can do to increase commercial collection rates in your local authority:

Commercial and industrial collections guidance

WRAP’s commercial and industrial collections guide outlines the key considerations for organisations and local authorities when developing commercial recycling collection services from small to medium sized businesses.

 It has been written for local authorities, but the principles are applicable to all waste collectors. While it may be particularly useful for those who currently only collect commercial residual waste it may also be useful to those who are looking to improve their commercial recycling services in terms of operational efficiency or expanding the service either through increased customer participation or variety of materials collected.

Read the commercial and industrial guide >>
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Business resource efficiency hub

If you want information on how being efficient with your resources can reduce waste and save money, why not visit WRAP’s business resource efficiency hub.

Here you will find a range of tools and guides to help you to improve your business's resource efficiency. You may be surprised at how much you find out, and how some simple solutions can make a real difference.

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Business waste recycling projects >>
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Commercial waste recycling apportionment tool

The WRAP commercial and household waste/recycling ‘apportionment tool’ assists local authorities to calculate the proportion of waste and recycling when it is co-collected on the same vehicle. It also aims to:

  • provide consistency in the approach used by local authorities to apportion tonnages
  • improve the accuracy of data
  • assist with budgeting and service development

Download the waste recycling apportionment tool >>

Where next?

Want to know more about Commercial Waste Collections in Collections and Sorting? Take a look at our reports, guides, tools and case studies for further information:

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Guides >>
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