Streamlined shop waste scheme given a Bath BID boost
The eyesore sight of rubbish left outside shops and businesses for hours on end in the city centre could be a thing of the past if a new scheme goes ahead.
The Bath Business Improvement District (BID) has put forward plans that would streamline the collection of commercial waste which it claims will protect the city's World Heritage status, as well as driving up recycling levels.
At the moment each business in the city has to arrange its own trade waste collection, which means commercial rubbish such as packaging and cardboard can be found on the streets most mornings and evenings.
But the BID team wants to reduce the number of operators sending dustcarts into the city centre from the current total of 15 to just one.
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BID manager Andrew Cooper said the idea had come through feedback from the organisation's 620 members, who pay a levy to fund city centre enhancements.
He said: "The BID is a catalyst for change and improvement and we are engaging with the trade waste sector to challenge the status quo and look for new ways to provide a service to BID levy payers that have a direct impact on their business and the city's aesthetics.
"The BID believes the benefits of this initiative will help the environment and protect Bath's precious World Heritage streetscape by reducing congestion and pollution."
As well as simplifying collections those behind the idea hope the scheme will increase recycling levels among the business community.
Currently, just 20 per cent of trade waste collected in Bath is recycled, with 80 per cent going to landfill.
The BID team wants to turn that statistic on its head, recycling up to 80 per cent including cardboard, food waste and other dry waste.
Simon Pullen, chairman of the Bath BID, said any new service would have environmental, aesthetic and financial benefits for the city.
He said: "A service that provides BID levy payers with an improved level of recycling and addresses the wider issues such as minimising businesses' exposure to landfill tax increases would be the ultimate goal.
"Moreover, it would reduce congestion in the city centre and improve the appearance of public spaces by cutting the number of waste collection operators and providing gull-resistant collection boxes."
The BID office is now working with waste management firm Eunomia and a formal tendering process has begun.
It hopes to have the scheme in place by April next year. After that date, when a firm's waste contract comes to an end it can choose to join the new scheme.
Trade waste companies interested in the tendering process should contact Peter Jones at Eunomia by emailing james.fulford@ eunomia.co.uk.
A meeting where BID levy payers can discuss the proposal will be held at the Hilton Hotel from 3pm to 5pm on Friday, October 26.
â BID column, page 42