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Wastewise commits to save money for local businesses11th Feb 2010
Biowise is set to become a major player in the commercial and industrial waste management industry in Hull and East Yorkshire as it launches Wastewise, a new dedicated waste collection and recycling arm.
This is the first step in an ambitious growth strategy for the Group, and is a natural extension of the commitment to improving the environmental performance of local businesses.
The Hull and East Yorkshire region is performing well in achieving government recycling targets for household waste but more could be done by industry to divert waste from landfill. Wastewise is in a strong position to help Hull and East Yorkshire businesses commit to improved recycling levels while reducing costs. We aim to put the region on the map in the future as a leading example of progressive environmental corporate responsibility.
According to Company Director, Dan Ingram “Over the last few years the management of waste and the development of recycling initiatives has become a big issue in the UK. Due to the increased value placed on corporate social responsibility, legislation and continually increasing landfill tax, businesses have had to develop new waste disposal strategies. We have been able to save customers tens of thousands of pounds by providing expertise and support in providing the right recycling-led waste solutions tailored to the needs of each.”
Waste disposal costs are continually rising due to landfill tax increases and the government is now even considering banning certain materials from landfill altogether. Wastewise claims that it can save businesses money on waste disposal costs, particularly those businesses that produce large amounts of organic and recyclable materials – the exact waste streams that are likely to be banned from landfill in the near future. We do this by separating the waste streams and treating them in cost effective and sustainable ways. To facilitate this, building is expected to start shortly on a multi-million pound in-vessel composting facility (IVC) at our site in Willerby, and a separate food waste collection for local business is in the final planning stages.
The UK historically has lagged behind the rest of Europe in terms of recycling figures but early indications show an encouraging improvement by households in England. Defra published figures last week showing that England achieved a 38.3% household waste recycling rate for the rolling year ending June 2009. Furthermore the provisional figures released by the government department covering the first quarter of the 2009/10 financial year show a 3% increase on the figures for the same quarter in 2008/09 - rising from 39% to 42%.
Businesses will be forced in the near future to make similar improvements in dealing with their waste streams and Defra has acknowledged that there is an urgent call to government to tackle commercial and industrial waste.