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Shrewsbury BID to launch new waste and recycling scheme

  • Kirsten Henly, Shrewsbury BID Executive Director, Mike Dalton, stop. Cafe Bar and Helen Morewood, Veolia

Shrewsbury BID is launching a cost effective and environmentally friendly waste and recycling scheme to help businesses in the town save money and receive better service.

It has chosen Veolia as its preferred supplier and used its collective buying power to negotiate an exclusive tariff for Shrewsbury BID members. The scheme launches in April and indications from early adopters of the scheme show that hundreds of pounds could be saved by businesses on the new tariffs on an annual basis.

Shrewsbury BID ran a competitive tender process after it found there were at least eight different waste collection companies operating in the town, each with different collection schedules and widely differing tariffs. Veolia were chosen based on their competitive rates, service levels and environmental approach to their offer.

Kirsten Henly, Executive Director Shrewsbury BID, said: “Helping our members to reduce their costs and access better service is important for businesses and the town. We have negotiated an exclusive tariff from Veolia which will make significant savings for a number of businesses and organisations in Shrewsbury.

“In addition, we will put service level agreements in place to ensure our members receive high levels of service. We are the first BID in the country to work like this with Veolia.

“We’re in a unique position to bring businesses together in a partnership approach which coupled with collective buying power can deliver real financial benefits to our members helping to make Shrewsbury an even more attractive place to do business.”

Shrewsbury BID has already found over £90,000 of savings for its members by working with an expert cost saving team who have been evaluating energy and telecoms contracts for Shrewsbury BID members.  Similarly, the new deal with Veolia is exclusively available for Shrewsbury BID members. Tariffs apply to the provision of waste sacks, wheelie bins, skips and other types of bins. Those members already with Veolia will automatically be transferred to the new tariff once their current contract expires.

Mike Dalton from stop.Cafe said: “We will save hundreds of pounds a year on our waste and recycling costs which is a significant sum to a small business like ours.  This scheme from Shrewsbury BID once again demonstrates the value of businesses working together. We could not have negotiated such savings by acting alone.”

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