An increase in commercial recycling scheme costs has forced Richmond Council’s largest client to find a cheaper alternative. After annual costs for recycling collections rocketed by twenty thousand pounds from £54k to £74k Richmond Riverside Estates felt they had little alternative considering the current economic climate other than to seek an alternative service from another provider.
Despite argument from a council cabinet minister that the costs for their recycling service are still cheaper than sending waste to landfill, one member of management at Richmond Riverside Estates, Malcolm Kealy, believes this could be the first of many companies switching to more cost effective recycling companies.
“They did not tell us they were putting [the cost] up and we said we are not paying. We have cancelled our contract with Richmond Council and have now gone with Sita – £20,000 is a hell of a jump.”
Richmond Riverside Estates covers a fair number of business properties within the Richmond area, including office blocks, bars and 27 residential properties. With ever-increasing pressure on companies to reduce their carbon footprints through a number of methods including waste management and increased recycling of waste products, it is easy to see why Richmond Council could be criticised for not providing more cost effective solutions to enable the local businesses and the economy to be more environmentally friendly.
Councillor Pamela Flemming pointed out that although Richmond Council are promoting recycling facilities and the importance of acting to reduce waste, actions such as the steep rise in cost of commercial recycling services leaves businesses already struggling to survive the recession with little other choice than to look elsewhere.