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Sustainable Business Oxfordshire

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Sustainable Business Oxfordshire is a joint campaign by OTCN, Oxfordshire County Council's commercial waste team and the Environmental Information Exchange at Oxford Brookes University.

A free waste audit in their business made a big impact on commercial waste costs, with stunning results*:

An office based consultancy with 15 staff has arranged recycling and reduction (double sided printing) of their office paper resulting in reducing 73% of their waste (over 4 tonnes per year); this is a saving of £517 / year (not including the savings from procuring less paper).

A transportation company has arranged for recycling of its broken wooden pallets saving 42 tonnes per year (£5400) in waste. This was delivered with a recycling awareness campaign for employees.

A busy hair salon spent £1700 on waste per year. By reducing the size of their waste bin, finding a cheaper waste contractor and arranging recycling of paper and cardboard, they saved over £1300 per year.

A company that installs air conditioning equipment has arranged for cardboard and paper recycling by bringing all packaging to a central point. This will save £790 per year (about 9 tonnes).

A department store has found a better way to recycle cardboard using a compacting skip. This means that instead of paying for collection in bins, the cardboard skip is collected and the department store is paid over £2500 per year.

A restaurant had an audit identifying that 50% of their waste was food and 31% glass. By looking at methods of composting and reducing food waste as well as arranging for glass recycling, the restaurant will save £750 per year of their £4300 waste bill.

A flower shop's audit revealed that 70% (£280 of £400) of their waste is from plant cuttings and flowers which, if they can arrange composting at a nearby allotment, will save over one tonne of waste per year.

A men's clothing store discovered that 35% of their waste was cardboard, paper, plastic, and metal. They arranged mixed recycling (collection of all 4 items together) and saved over £200 per year.
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* Data provided by the Environmental Information Exchange at Oxford Brookes University.

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Anil Patel, partner at Price's Stationers on Stert Street, Abingdon (pictured with fellow trader Jill Carver), says: "We at Price's would encourage other businesses to undertake the audit. They will be surprised by how much they can recycle. We recycle almost 95% of our waste here."