Energy efficiency for business

Reducing waste

Don't let waste compromise your business. The inefficient use of raw materials, packaging and technology could be costing you thousands of pounds in lost revenue, and ruining your competitive edge.

All businesses, even very small firms, can look for cost savings and reduce their environmental impact by reusing, recycling and recovering packaging. A typical business spends up to 4% of their annual turnover on waste disposal, so more and more businesses are choosing to adopt the 3R’s - Reduce, Re-use and Recycle - in a bid to cut their costs.

Here are some suggestions of things you can do:




Starting up recycling collections from your business can be easy. Talk to your current waste contractors as they will often be able to offer you recycling services that are cost neutral or even cost less than your current arrangement, with many offering flexible collections to suit your company's needs. Savings will continue to increase as the cost of waste disposal through landfill rises in the future.

Alternatively, there are many separate companies around that specialise in recycling business waste. Contact the Green Business Network on 08456 444 880 for a list of companies in your area.

Unused land

If you own empty land, make positive use of it. Turn it into a wildlife garden or create a pond, make links with your local community or school and get them involved in doing the work or allow them to use it for educational purposes or recreation.

Get in touch with the Council's Countryside Services on 01422 288001, or email to find out if they can give any advice or help.

Last Updated: 27/07/2016