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Helping hand for businesses to cut waste

September 2, 2016
Posted by Linda Robinson

Successful business is all about eliminating waste, so a new handbook is set to help Leeds businesses save money reducing theirs.

All businesses create waste, ranging from office paper to off-cuts of wood; plastic wrappers to unwanted food.

The Business Waste Handbook, created by Leeds City Council, provides specific information and tips for offices and catering, construction, retail, leisure and tourism, printing and manufacturing businesses.

The handbook gives advice on reducing the amount of waste created, reusing materials and recycling as much as possible, as well as waste audits and a guide to legislation. There is also a list of organisations which can provide further information, guidance and funding to help businesses make changes.

Copies have also been distributed to food businesses in Leeds and a pdf version can be downloaded from on the commercial waste page.

Councillor James Monaghan, Leeds City Council’s executive board member for environmental services, said: “Leeds City Council is committed to making Leeds a greener city and we want to prove to businesses that you can cut down on waste being sent to landfill and save money – they need practical advice and that’s exactly what we’re giving them.

“Whether it’s help with recycling or just where to find more information, it’s all in the handbook.”

Many Leeds businesses have already started to make positive changes to their waste management. Shopping arcade The Light already recycles 90% of materials produced by its stores. However they want to go even further.

Kevin Bilclough, manager of waste at The Light, said: “We will be using the Business Waste Handbook to find information about recycling our food waste and minimising the waste created on site.”

Leeds City Council is also helping other councils in the Yorkshire and Humber region to help their local businesses too. They have received funding through the Yorkshire and Humber Improvement Efficiency Partnership to produce customised versions of the business waste handbook for the 21 local authorities in the region to use.

Very briefly, the problem of food waste can be described through the chart below:


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