Norwich businesses are being offered a free waste audit as part of a new initiative to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill.
The five-year scheme has been agreed between Norwich Business Improvement District (BID) and Anglian Waste Recycling, part of Anglian Group in Attleborough.
Businesses in the BID area can use sustainable waste management solutions provided by Anglian, which include the free waste management audits and waste collections processed at its licensed 10-acre site in Norfolk.
For the first time, the scheme will also record data on how much local waste is being collected and recycled, to help benchmark reductions in future years.
Martin Blackwell, of Norwich BID, explains, “We were looking for a new partner to help us recycle as much of the waste collected in the BID area in the most responsible way possible.
“It was absolutely vital that this service was delivered in the most cost-effective and efficient way for local business owners. Anglian clearly demonstrated a methodology and operational plan to help us achieve our goals and we’re thrilled to be partnering with them for this exciting part of our sustainability chapter.”
Stefan Gurney, MD of Norwich BID adds, “We have been actively trying to reduce the environmental footprint in the BID area by providing support plans, advice and resources to businesses and running initiatives such as our Net Zero Waste Champions and Upcycle Your Waste scheme.
“Having a local provider that cares about sustainable waste management as much as we do on side, with all the experience they bring is a huge asset to our city. We are delighted to partner with Anglian for this initiative.”
Ryan Marshall is Senior Environmental & Waste Manager at Anglian’s waste recycling division. Having previously worked in waste management for Chantry Place and Don’t Waste, he is spearheading the work with Norwich BID.
He said: “I am particularly passionate about the waste data we are set to capture from our partnership over the next five years. This will allow us to reduce waste across the city, increase recycling performances and provide detailed reports on the progress.
“Our mission is to responsibly dispose of waste collected from customers and help them reach a zero-to-landfill goal, so to see that happen as we benchmark will be fantastic. We offer regular environmental audits to clients, where we can analyse their waste data against their waste targets and identify areas to help them achieve goals to combat environmental change. This is a huge benefit for BID members, and one we hope they will take full advantage of.”
Established in 2007, Anglian started life as a demolition and asbestos company but has grown rapidly over the last few years to include multiple divisions including sustainable waste management.
Lee Storer, Managing Director of Anglian, says, “Anglian has been associated with the waste sector for over 14 years due to the nature of our industry and services. Over the last four years we have developed a standalone waste division to provide a full waste management service to our customers.
“Environmental sustainability is a crucial element of any good waste management programme. As well as being able to make a real difference to the environment in the county in which we live and work, winning the contract will also ensure employment opportunities in this sector stay in Norfolk. It is a great opportunity for all involved.”
For more information about the scheme and to request a free waste audit from Anglian, visit norwichbid.co.uk/bid-resources/waste-and-recycling-scheme.