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Commercialisation and Household Waste and Recycling Centres (HWRCs) - Brian Mayne CEnv

Posted By Brian Mayne CEnv, 18 May 2018

Commercialisation and HWRCs

Chartered Environmentalist Brian Mayne, and John Woodruff from the Resource Efficiency & Waste Management team at Ricardo Energy & Environment look at the options for commercialisation of HWRCs.

Against a backdrop of China’s Operation Sword, austerity and Brexit, local authorities are under ever-increasing  financial pressure to adopt a commercial and entrepreneurial approach to generating income while continuing to deliver high quality and efficient customer-focused services. 

One service that has been developed over recent years is the introduction of charges for commercial waste at household waste and recycling centres (HWRCs), which not only provides economic benefits but improves local services to small businesses as well as protecting the provision of HWRCs for residents.

Councils have introduced a range of ways they can charge traders including:

  • Pay by weight
  • Pay by container, item or volume
  • Pre-payment of sacks
  • Subscription

Often these charges are linked to benefits whereby the customer pays less if they separate their waste – often separated recyclable materials are charged at a lower rate than mixed loads.  Unsorted loads, whether they’re made up of recyclable materials or not, normally attract a higher rate resulting in better quality recyclate with additional economic and environmental impacts.

There are a number of additional benefits to Local Authorities in taking this approach at HWRCs including:

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Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Society for the Environment. 

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Tags:  CEnv  Chartered Environmentalist  CIWM  Household Waste  HWRCs  Recycle  Recycling  Ricardo  Waste 

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