project is no longer in operation.
to help tackle Business waste
“Waste, and its disposal, is an ongoing problem, and with the
success in recycling household rubbish on the Island, the impact of
commercial waste is of growing importance. It now forms two thirds of
all waste, and 90% of it goes straight to landfill” says Don
Roe of the Footprint Trust.
The Isle of Wight Council is taking a lead on reducing commercial waste
and has started work, in partnership with the Chamber of Commerce, to
produce a Business Waste Strategy. The aim is to reduce the
environmental impact of waste disposal
and to improve business profitability. This project will also take the
opportunity to advise on the more efficient use of materials, water and
energy, as well as waste minimisation.
The first piece of work is a detailed survey to identify the volumes
and types of commercial waste generated on the Island. This work is
being carried out by the Footprint Trust, a local environmental
charity, in co-operation with major waste companies on the Island.
A wide range of commercial organisations are being asked to complete a
survey form showing what, and how much, they throw away.
If you manage an organisation which produces waste, and you have not
already been asked, please take a few minutes to complete a form and
send it to the Footprint Trust by the end of August 2006.
Using the results of the survey, options for reusing, recycling and
disposing of each major type of waste will be researched, taking into
account costs and benefits to business. The infrastructure requirements
to enable the separation, collection and processing of waste will also
be identified, in order to maximise recycling and reuse.
Because of the additional costs of transporting recyclable waste to
mainland processing sites, a greater emphasis will be put on the local
reuse and marketing of materials in innovative and enterprising ways.
The project is in its infancy but it is hoped that it will lead to
similar reductions in the land filling of commercial waste to those
that have been seen for household waste.
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