Commercial waste goes unrecycled

Only 16% of recyclable commercial waste is actually being recycled in the "Recycling City" of Sheffield, according to a study by Midland Environment.1 One sector - banking, finance and business services - is not recycling anything.

The study of 143 premises was sponsored by Friends of the Earth, the Industry Council for Packaging and the Environment (INCPEN) and the Environment and Trade and Industry Departments. The results probably reflect what, at best, is being achieved in commercial waste recycling nation-wide.

Annual commercial waste generation in the UK amounts to 14 million tonnes, compared with 21 million tonnes of domestic waste. Commercial waste is more h

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