Milton Keynes Council tries to convince recycling doubters

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Small businesses in Milton Keynes doubt whether the borough council uses the money they pay to actually recycle waste.

That’s one of the reasons the borough has become the 15th council in the country to sign up to the Business Recycling and Waste Services Commitment.

This commitment, the council says, is to ensure businesses in the borough receive a waste and recycling collection service which meets their needs and represents value for money.

A Milton Keynes Council spokesman said research has identified a range of barriers to greater participation in recycling by small businesses,

including a lack of awareness of recycling services, a perception that contracts are inflexible, and doubts as to whether materials are being recycled, or just end up in landfill.

Councillor David Hopkins, the council’s environment and waste supremo, said: “The commitment makes it clear what businesses can expect from our service and we hope it will improve satisfaction.”

The council offers a wide range of waste management services to local businesses through its specialist contractors and provides facilities for commercial waste at its Newport Pagnell Community Recycling Centre.

Andy Hudson, the council’s head of environment and waste, said: “This commitment will help to improve recycling services, reassure people that their efforts to recycle are not wasted and ultimately save businesses money.”

The principles in the Business Recycling and Waste Services Commitment mean the council has to provide information, support and have reasonable and clear fees.

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