Responsibility Deal offers smaller shops & restaurants opportunity to save money & recycle more

Family-run restaurants and independent shops will be able to save money and access better recycling under a new deal between Government and the waste industry, Environment Minister Lord Henley has announced.

Under the Responsibility Deal, a key commitment in the recently-published Waste Review, the Government will work with the Environmental Services Association (ESA) to help businesses prevent waste and recycle more of the waste they do produce.

Businesses across the UK have the potential to save up to £18 billion a year by taking steps to reduce waste that will cost them either nothing or very little in the short term.

The Responsibility Deal will improve recycling services for small and medium businesses and give them better information on what they can do to prevent and deal with waste.

Lord Henley said: “This is a groundbreaking deal that will help to boost growth in the green economy. Businesses will benefit from more user-friendly waste management services and better advice on how to deal with their waste, while the Government will be looking for ways to recognise good performance by waste management companies and in particular to cut red tape for those who are doing the right thing.”

The Government and the Environmental Services Association will work with the Federation of Small Businesses, other business trade bodies and chambers of commerce, and local government organisations to reduce the 165 million tonnes of waste produced each year and to turn waste into a resource. The ESA and FSB will also work together to develop and promote best practice on making contracts more user-friendly.

The deal will also promote consistent and proportionate enforcement by the Environment Agency, reduce red tape and other burdens on good performers, and maintain a level-playing field between public and private waste contractors.

Details of the Responsibility Deal can be found at www.defra.gov.uk/publications/2011/06/23/waste-responsibility-deal/.

The Responsibility Deal meets a commitment announced in the Government’s Review of Waste Policy published on 15 June: www.defra.gov.uk/news/2011/06/14/waste-review-published/.

Research published by Defra in March 2011 suggests that businesses could save around £18 billion by reducing waste and diverting it from landfill is available at http://randd.defra.gov.uk/Document.aspx?Document=EV0441_10072_FRP.pdf

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