UK ag businesses to be offered free glass recycling waste collections

Each year, Agricultural businesses let tonnes of glass go to waste instead of recycling – but an innovative new service is set to change the landscape of recycling in the area
calendar icon 11 October 2018
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Each year, Agricultural businesses let tonnes of glass go to waste instead of recycling – but an innovative new service is set to change the landscape of recycling in the area.

Recycling provider,, is introducing a free glass waste collection service for Agricultural businesses in the UK, removing both the administrative and financial burdens, which are a barrier for businesses who are reluctant or unable to recycle.

Spaces on the innovative scheme are limited, and anticipates high demand, as there are over 200,000 Agricultural businesses in the UK, collectively producing tonnes of waste each year, which isn’t recycled but should be.

Mark Hall, Communications Director of Free Collections, explains:

“We’ve made is very simple for charities to sign up – to find out if you’re eligible, it’s as simple as filling in a form and a representative will be in touch. For those just wanting a free glass collection rather than a full collection service, it’s first-come, first-served – but businesses will be offered a discounted rate until the free service is available.”

The scheme aims to reduce the amount of glass waste, which makes it to landfill, as the country faces ever-increasing waste removal demands – but it also aims to encourage the local community’s in the UK to think more carefully about their environment.

Hall adds: “We find that increasing the rate of recycling in an area goes hand-in-hand with fostering a better, more mindful approach to how residents and businesses look at their town centres and communities – which can have a hugely positive knock-on effect.”

Recycling rates in the UK are currently at around 43% for businesses and private residences – but is determined to help raise the bar for recycling, starting with the forward-thinking businesses who join its collections scheme.

Hall concludes: “As a nation we are, unfortunately, still way behind when it comes to recycling, and reducing un-recycled business waste is a crucial aspect of tackling the problem. Many businesses are still putting glass into their general waste bin, for a variety of reasons. Some don’t think they have the time to take their glass to a suitable recycling centre, or many are put off by the cost of having their waste glass collected.

“We’re removing those barriers to offer businesses in the UK the opportunity to have free recycling collections – a huge boon for businesses with lots of recycling, and a simple way to help a business ‘go green’. We hope that this will push recycling rates in the area up dramatically and make England a shining example of recycling excellence.

“Not only will this have a cumulative positive impact on the environment - it will also save eligible companies thousands of pounds a year.”

Emily Houghton

Editor, The Pig Site

Emily Houghton is a Zoology graduate from Cardiff University and was the editor of The Pig Site from October 2017 to May 2020. Emily has worked in livestock husbandry, and has written, conducted and assisted with research projects regarding the synthesis of welfare and productivity of free-range food species.

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