Waste sent to landfill is subject to tax which your business will pay for as part of your waste collection service charge. The landfill tax rate is £88.10 per tonne (correct at 1 April 2017) and rising each year. You can save paying the tax element of your waste bill if you reduce, reuse or arrange for your unwanted materials to be recycled by a licensed waste contractor or the local council.
It’s not just the bill you receive to empty the bin; other indirect costs and considerations which can make managing your waste very expensive include:
Making some simple changes can be a great start to saving money and doing your bit for the environment:
All businesses have a legal ‘Duty of Care’ to dispose of their waste responsibly. To find out more visit Recycling and Disposing of your Business Waste.
From 1st October 2020 single use plastic straws, cottons buds and stirrers are banned in England. Guidance on how this applies to businesses can be found here.
‘Upcycle your Waste’ is a new international three year-project brought to you by Norwich BID and Interreg. This ambitious, Europe-wide project has Norwich as one of only two cities involved representing the UK.
The project aims to get 20% of our collective pre-existing waste stream upcycled. Norwich Bid wants to support your business in reducing its costs, by handling and transforming your waste into new resources. The project is entirely free to participate in, and they are looking for as many businesses as possible to get involved; as it looks at ways Norwich’s business community can reduce it’s impact on the environment,creating a circular economy in the region.
The first phase of the project will be a 20 minute phone interview, to evaluate your business barriers and drivers for upcycling. In this initial phase of the project, Norwich BID need 100 businesses to take part. The more businesses they can speak to, the better they can plan for how we can use our wasted resources to benefit the community and the planet.
If your business would like to be involved please get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org