Re-sources for businesses
We have pulled together information on initiatives that businesses can implement locally to improve their circularity.
As part of Merton’s community fridge network, Sustainable Merton operates a community fridge where businesses can donate surplus food, which is then redistributed locally to those in need through other community groups and charities. The fridges in the network are located at Commonside community development trust and Polish family association. Read more..
Refill is an international initiative by City to Sea to reduce single use plastic by encouraging businesses and other public locations to provide water refill stations in reusable bottles. You can find more information about Refill Merton here. But this needn’t stop at water. If you think about it, all kinds of items can be refilled to reduce plastic packaging. Check out Refill's guide for introducing a reusable cup scheme at events.
Does you business still give out plastic bags to customers who need it (even if it has decreased since the the 10p charge was imposed?) Do you know that there are a lot of preloved textiles locally that can’t be accepted by charity shops? Would you like to trial locally made reusable bags from preloved fabric? Contact us.
Separating food waste from other waste streams significantly improves the recycling performance of all waste and lowers GHG emissions from organic matter ending up in landfills. Does your business produce a lot of food waste? Do you think a separate food waste collection might be beneficial to you? Companies like Firstmile and Paper Round can help. If you would like to know more or get in touch with other businesses that use them please let us know. Contact us.
Guardians of grub offers free, practical tools for professionals across the Hospitality and Food Service sector to take a stand against food waste. Save money and resources with these free assets provided by them.
General e-waste - Check out environcom. They help with various white goods take back schemes from non-residential locations . Their service offer includes assistance to local authorities.
National Device Bank (donations from organisations only)
Reconome (donations from organisations only) - business selling low-cost refurbished devices to schools, charities and SMEs
Please note: There may be a fee for some of the organisations or initiatives listed. But do consider the fact that any quantity of waste reduced equals
££ savings for your business and you'd be helping the planet.