Free help sessions available for businesses ahead of incoming recycling changes


New business recycling regulations are coming in 2023. Businesses in Cranmore and Monkspath, Birmingham Business Park and Elmdon Trading Estate are all eligible to receive a free one to one help session from a dedicated business advisor to understand how the regulations will affect them, what they need to do and what resources are available to help them. 

The regulations are designed to improve the way businesses recycle and ultimately reduce the amount of wastage. They will require all businesses to separate these recyclable materials from their general waste.

  • Glass such as drinks bottles and rinsed empty food jars
  • Metal such as drinks cans and food tins
  • Plastic such as rinsed empty food containers and bottles
  • Paper such as old newspapers and envelopes
  • Cardboard such as delivery boxes and packaging
  • Food - businesses will also need to separate food waste

How to book a free one to one session

Businesses in the eligible areas can book their session today by emailing or calling 07751 930625.

Each session will last no longer than an hour and can either be in person or online. They will be facilitated by a business advisor who has been fully trained in the upcoming regulations and is well versed in wider sustainability opportunities for your business.

All meetings must take place by Friday 21 April and places are limited. To avoid disappointment, make sure your business books a session as soon as possible.

This pilot scheme is being run by WRAP, in collaboration with Sustainability West Midlands and Solihull Council. Businesses outside the specified areas are still encouraged to take a look at the new Business of Recycling website which provides a waste calculator tool to help businesses learn how much waste they generate and how recycling can save them money. The website also features step by step guidance to ensure they are compliant with the regulations and free downloadable communication resources to promote recycling in the workplace.

Councillor Courts, Leader of Solihull Council, said:

“I strongly encourage businesses in Cranmore and Monkspath, Birmingham Business Park and Elmdon Trading Estate to grasp this opportunity with both hands and sign up for a one-to-one advisory session before the deadline.

“Solihull is one of just five areas in the UK to benefit from this business support pilot scheme. By getting ahead of the game, your organisation can make sure the transition will be as seamless as possible when the recycling rules change. With approximately 70% of office waste being recyclable, embracing the changes will help reduce the carbon footprint of your business and save on the cost of waste disposal.”

Anna Bright, Chief Executive of Sustainability West Midlands, said:

“As champions for sustainability in the West Midlands, we’re excited to be working with Solihull businesses to help them recycle more efficiently and be fully prepared for the imminent changes to recycling regulation. We know how many businesses in Solihull are passionate about being environmentally responsible and recycling in the correct way.

“The one-to-one sessions are a fantastic opportunity for your business to ask any questions from trained advisors on what changes they may need to make. It’s also a great chance to discuss any other sustainability initiatives that your business has planned. Don’t hesitate to book a session as there are only a limited number of slots.”

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