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Supporting small and medium sized businesses through Heart of the City

Through our commitment to responsible business, we’d like to tell you about Heart of the City and how they support small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in London to do well by doing good. Their two-year foundation programme of events, online resources and mentoring coaches business leaders to learn how to develop and implement a responsible business strategy, making …Read more

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Electrifying the fleet

Monday 2nd September 2019 was a special day since we launched the UK’s first fully-electric collection truck. Fully electric trucks are in their infancy at present, both commercially and technologically, and we could not wait for this technology to reach maturity before deploying it. Through our partnership with Veolia, we built our own vehicle using …Read more

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zero waste week

How your business can take part in Zero Waste Week 2019

Founded in 2008, Zero Waste Week is an international campaign covering 76 countries around the world to raise awareness of how waste is harming the environment. The goal of this initiative is for businesses and individuals to stop sending waste to landfill and to encourage the preservation of resources. Zero Waste Week runs from Monday …Read more

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Westminster prepares for Notting Hill Carnival clean-up

Notting Hill Carnival, one of the world’s largest street carnivals, is returning to London to celebrate its 60th year this bank holiday weekend (Sunday 25th and Monday 26th August 2019). With such a high turnout at last year’s event, more than a million people are expected to attend the carnival this weekend. Westminster City Council’s …Read more

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Your waste collections in the City of Westminster during special events

From large music concerts and parades to sporting events and huge street carnivals, there is always something new to discover in Westminster. In particular, Westminster sees the highest amount of special events compared to any other area in the UK. In the first half of 2019 alone, it has already helped to host large-scale events …Read more

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Westminster City Council partners with Anglo Office Group to clean up streets of Westminster

When the Heart of London Business Alliance introduced Anglo Office Group to Westminster City Council and its partner Veolia, it was clear that a shared passion for improving air quality in Westminster meant a working partnership was soon on the cards. Improving the quality of services for residents, businesses, and visitors to Westminster, while also …Read more

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Better plastics recycling: what Unilever’s decision to use ‘detectable’ black plastic means for businesses in Westminster

Unilever’s products are used worldwide by 2.5 billion people every day, with household brands including Lipton, Knorr, Dove, Hellmann’s, Surf, and many more. The company has a positive approach to sustainable business growth, and is committed to reducing its environmental footprint. By changing the packaging on just two of their brands, Unilever expects to make …Read more

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Pride in London

At Westminster City Council we are extremely proud of being an official partner of Pride in London and for Westminster being its home since 1972. It is the UK’s biggest, most diverse Pride and a home for every part of London’s LGBT+ community. This year will be extra special since Pride will celebrate its 50-year …Read more

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Where is the waste and recycling that we collect processed?

We all know that our waste and recycling is collected at certain times each day, but do you actually know where your waste is sent to afterwards? Collecting waste and recycling is only the first easier part of the process before it finally gets recycled. We are proud that almost all of the waste we …Read more

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recycling and waste regulations

Requirements for waste and recycling storage areas

Westminster City Council is dedicated to improving the quality of life for residents, businesses and to those who visit Westminster. Placing waste and recycling out for collection on the street in plastic sacks is an unnecessary burden on the public realm. As such we are actively working on ensuring all new or refurbished premises have …Read more

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#DontBeIdle Campaign: Air Quality Marshalling in Westminster

London has some of the highest levels of air pollution in the country, with road transport contributing to over half of the most harmful emissions. Discover how we’re helping to overcome this problem — and how you, too, can make a difference. In some areas of Westminster, national air quality objectives have been exceeded. Meanwhile, …Read more

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coffee week

UK Coffee Week – the nations largest celebration of coffee, all for a good cause

Happy UK Coffee week! You’ve just walked out of your local coffee shop and are heading underground ready to face your morning commute. After battling the crowds walking back and fourth on the platform you’ve finally reached your stop and are heading to the office, now holding an empty coffee cup. Where do you dispose …Read more

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waste regulations

Top 6 waste regulations that are not adhered to in Westminster

Curious to know about the six waste regulations most commonly not adhered to in Westminster? Could your business be contributing to some of them? Read on to find out. It’s easy to make mistakes when it comes to waste and recycling, so we’ve created a run-down of the top six waste regulations that are broken …Read more

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Extinction Rebellion protests

Large parts of the West End are currently affected by the Extinction Rebellion protest. This protest is occupying main traffic routes causing delays. The City Council is in close liaison with the emergency and contingency services to address the situation and minimise the disruption. Updates will be available at Met Police or on Twitter: @MetPoliceUK Waste and recycling collections …Read more

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global recycling day 2019

What will you do for Global Recycling Day?

Global Recycling Day takes place on 18th March each year to raise awareness about the global issue of recycling. Read on to discover how you can take part. Born in October 2018, Global Recycling Day was founded by the Global Recycling Foundation (formed by the Bureau of International Recycling, but run independently). The purpose of …Read more

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Are you prepared for the ultra-low emission zone?

To improve air quality, the ultra-low emission zone (ULEZ) is being introduced in central London from 8th April 2019. What does this mean and how can you prepare? From 8th April 2019, all vehicles coming into the ULEZ will need to meet tighter exhaust emission standards or otherwise pay a daily charge to travel within …Read more

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recycling for free

Why pay for collections when you can recycle for free?

Recycling household and commercial waste has become increasingly common in recent years, but what about those seemingly tricky to recycle items such as ink cartridges, electrical appliances, batteries, and more? Contrary to popular belief, recycling these miscellaneous items is usually easy and hassle-free. Instead of throwing these frequently used items in the rubbish bin, why …Read more

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UK government sets out plans to overhaul waste system

Plans for a major overhaul of the country’s waste system have been set out in a suite of consultations launched today (Monday 18 February 2019) by Environment Secretary Michael Gove. Building on commitments made in the Resources and Waste Strategy published in December 2018, the consultations provide detail on plans to make packaging producers pay the …Read more

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sleepsafe initiative

What is the Sleepsafe initiative and how does it help?

As we are approaching the coldest part of the year, we understand that waste containers housing soft materials such as paper, cardboard and textiles can be appealing to a rough sleeper, since it provides a warm and dry place to shelter. However, sleeping in these places can often come with consequences. The Sleepsafe initiative is …Read more

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government blueprint launched at recycling centre

Resources and Waste Strategy launched at the Southwark recycling facility

Westminster City Council Commercial Waste Services’ key recycling plant hosts Government launch Today (18th December 2018) at the materials recovery facility (MRF) where Westminster City Council’s mixed recycling is processed, the Southwark Integrated Waste Management Facility, operated by partner Veolia, Central Government launched a much-awaited strategy for tackling key waste issues over the coming years. …Read more

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hart of london

The Hart of London: Christmas Recycled Plastic Waste Sculpture

The Hart of London – the recycled plastic waste sculpture that is lighting up St James’s Church At the end of October, we published a blog asking for plastic bottle donations for our Christmas plastic waste initiative, the Hart of London. The initiative was set up in partnership with Veolia and the Heart of London Business …Read more

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waste collections over christmas

No changes to commercial waste collections over Christmas

Operating every day over the holiday period Whilst many businesses close for Christmas and New Year, we are well aware that thousands of our customers operate every day of the year. Just like us.  Where other collectors stop or reduce their services over the Christmas period, the City Council’s commercial waste and recycling collections for …Read more

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plastic waste

How do you know your plastic waste is actually recycled?

As a responsible business, we are sure you recycle what you can, sorting out paper, card, glass and plastics etc. so they can be recycled into new products, but how do you know if these materials ever make it to a recycling plant? Just because they make it to a sorting facility doesn’t mean they …Read more

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plastic waste

Make your plastic waste the ‘hart’ of Christmas

To help raise plastic waste awareness and encourage people to recycle more this festive season, Westminster City Council’s Commercial Waste Services, Heart of London Business Alliance and Veolia have joined forces to create a Christmas sculpture made entirely from recycled plastic, as part of an education campaign for the city. Why should you join the …Read more

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cardboard recycling westminster

Cardboard recycling Westminster – everything you need to know

Cardboard is one of the most widely recycled materials in the retail and office sectors and many working there are already familiar with it. In Westminster, these two sectors produce the lion’s share of cardboard collected for recycling. Thankfully, cardboard is one of the easier items to recycle and it is also a material in …Read more

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Free Guide for Sustainability Day 24th October 2018

Today (in Wikipedia’s list of environmental dates) is recorded as ‘Sustainability Day’ and so we are marking the day by offering a free downloadable copy of our Sustainability Guide for businesses.  Sustainability has been a major feature of world news this year as we collectively seek to avoid the depletion of natural resources in order to …Read more

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Revolutionary technology helps improve London air quality

Groundbreaking technology developed in the UK will be fitted to rubbish trucks in Westminster, in the bid to reduce harmful emissions and nitrogen oxide by 99 per cent.

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Circular Restaurants – a practical guide to zero waste and resources

Did you know that the equivalent of £6,000 worth of perfectly edible food is thrown in the bin every year by each small hospitality/food retail business in London? Whilst, at the same time, UK based SME’s in the hospitality sector, are overspending on their energy bills by nearly £92 million per year. This is a …Read more

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energy efficiency day 2018

How efficient can we make Westminster on this year’s Energy Efficiency Day?

We’ve been recognising some hugely positive environmental campaigns in the past few weeks, including Zero Emissions Day and Recycle Week. If you didn’t manage to organise any sustainability initiatives at work around these dates, then you have another opportunity coming. On October 5th we’ll be highlighting Energy Efficiency Day as a great opportunity to save …Read more

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recycle week 2018 wrap

Tell the nation “Westminster does!” | Recycle Week 24th-30th September 2018

Supporting Recycle Week 2018 in Westminster Next week sees the 15th anniversary of this much-publicised national recycling campaign and the theme this year is “Recycling. WE DO! Because it matters”. It has been created to reflect the consensus that the nation as a whole is now saying “we do!” when asked if we recycle. So …Read more

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Zero Emissions Day 21st September 2018 – an environmental challenge

Do you and your colleagues like an environmental challenge?  Zero Emissions Day – 21st September 2018 “Join the Global 24 hour Moratorium on the use of Fossil Fuels held annually on September 21 and benefit everything and everyone on our planet!” Ken Wallace, Environmentalist and ZeDay Founder If you are looking for a challenge that will …Read more

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notting hill event waste management

The party’s over – Notting Hill Carnival cleared with partner Veolia

Another successful 3-day Carnival – can you believe it was the 59th! – has been held in Notting Hill. There is always a substantial clean-up operation as the last revellers head home each night. The three-day festival hosted around two million people, eating and dancing their way along 3.5 miles of Notting Hill’s streets. Westminster …Read more

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opening a bar in Westminster

Guest Blog | The complete guide on how to open a bar

Considering opening a bar in Westminster?  Point of Sale (EPOS) supplier, Nobly, has written a well-researched, complete guide on how to open a bar. So we thought we would share that with our many bar, hotel and restaurant clients and any readers researching opportunities for running a bar in Westminster.  Here is a link to …Read more

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la tomatina

Collecting 100kg of food waste for composting after the famous celebration of La Tomatina

Originating in Bunol, Spain, the famous tomato-throwing riot, La Tomatina, is celebrated by hundreds every August. In recent years, the festival has made its way over to the UK and on Saturday 25th August, the celebrations will shape up on the streets of Westminster. Here’s how the day will take shape Aqua nueva, the Westminster-based …Read more

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heart of london

Case Study: Partnering with Heart of London Business Alliance to create benefits for businesses operating in London’s West End

Westminster City Council’s Commercial Waste Services is working with a number of London-based ‘BIDs’ (Business Improvement District), such as Heart of London Business Alliance, with two primary targets in mind: To offer discounted high-quality waste and recycling services to organisations within the BID areas To improve the environmental credentials of the BID’s area by increasing …Read more

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westminster lion

Westminster Lion Awards – Support Your Local Community

Westminster is home to 54,000 businesses, which provide jobs for 700,000 people. In our ever-changing circumstances, however, we are facing some challenges that affect everybody who works, lives and visits Westminster. To address those challenges, the City Council has encouraged these businesses to become a recognised Westminster Lion and urged them to make a difference …Read more

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Come and stop by at the Westminster Business Event

Westminster is a city of unrivalled opportunity. A place where businesses and residents have the support they need to grow and share in the prosperity of the city. However, living costs are rising, air quality is challenging and affecting everyone who lives, works and visits here. We want businesses to put responsible business practices at …Read more

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Businesses across London’s West End have come together to improve air quality and make vast savings on waste collections

Join 83 other West End based businesses. Sign up to the Heart of London Business Alliance’s clean air initiative and waste consolidation scheme The Heart of London Business Alliance, who serve as a voice for 500 businesses and 100 property owners in the Piccadilly, St James’s and Leicester Square areas, are helping businesses to collectively …Read more

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Join the walk for WasteAid 2018 – Bridging the Global Recycling Gap

In 2018, we have seen a strong focus on plastic waste and in particular, marine plastic pollution. On 23rd June, over 120 volunteers will be taking part in the 15.5-mile Walk for WasteAid across London including a number of the iconic Thames bridges, to raise awareness against marine plastics pollution. Why is it so important to …Read more

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A day in the life of a commercial waste customer service advisor

What’s it really like working for Westminster City Council Commercial Waste Services? Our last staff blog featured Tomasz from our waste collection team – so this time we thought we would talk to one of our Customer Service Advisors, Adele, who spends a lot of her day helping new and existing customers.     Q: …Read more

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health and safety at work

Need FREE Health and Safety Advice?

City of Westminster’s Health and Safety Team regulate a wide range of businesses in the city from, shops, offices, theatres, hotels, restaurants, tourist attractions, gyms/swimming pools, pubs and clubs. Businesses are bound by UK Law and must comply with The Health and Safety at Work Etc. Act 1974 and associated regulations. If you operate a …Read more

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plastic pollution

Conquering Plastic Pollution – World Environment Day 2018

Conquering Plastic Pollution – World Environment Day 2018 Today’s World Environment Day 2018 begins a year focussing on plastic pollution. The theme, as is custom, was chosen by the host country. This year India is hosting the annual event and leading from the front with their efforts to bring an end to plastic pollution. Why …Read more

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Using secure shredding facilities to be GDPR compliant on paper-based records.

The General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) are increasingly seen as an intimidating subject for businesses. As the deadline approaches in May, there seems to be so much to do to ensure compliance. We wanted to set out how we can help you safely dispose of paper-based personal records with our secure shredding facilities. We can …Read more

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coffee cup recycling

‘Good-to-go’ coffee cup recycling scheme launched in Westminster

The Good-to-go trial scheme was launched on the 19th March. It is aimed at the daily on-the-go coffee drinker, and the objective is to help them recycle their takeaway cups more easily by offering them designated recycling solutions. The scheme is being launched in partnership with Westminster City Council, Veolia and Heart of London Business …Read more

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Global Recycling Day 18th March 2018 – Promote Action on Recycling Around the World

On the 18th March 2018, the first-ever Global Recycling Day will take place. Cities around the world such as London, Washington DC, Sao Paolo, Paris and many others will be hosting events to raise awareness of the environmental issues that we face globally and how recycling can help. The Bureau for International Recycling (BIR) has …Read more

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Get ready for spring with our waste and recycling bag offer

Is it time for your business or organisation to have a spring clear out? It is so easy, over the course of a year, to accumulate many items that are either broken or not being used, together with those few piles of rubbish that you’ve meant to sort out. These are all things that can …Read more

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Event clean up services in London – Chinese New Year 2018

On the 18th of February 2018, thousands of people will descend on the West End of London to celebrate the Chinese New Year. To honour the Chinese year of the dog, there will be plenty going on including colourful parades, music and dance performances and of course, fantastic food from the far east. It is …Read more

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sustainable waste management

Learn more about London’s air quality in the Heart of London Business Alliance Clean Air Workshop

Recently, there has been a number of positive developments towards improving the air quality in London. Current pollution levels in London are worryingly high, and there is a real consensus that action needs to take place to improve air quality. The Heart of London Business Alliance, who serve as a voice for 500 businesses and …Read more

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recycling fund for communities

Partner funds available for community recycling projects

Inspiring people and businesses to do the right thing with their waste and protect their local environment Both Westminster City Council and our recycling and waste management partner, Veolia, are always busy promoting recycling to businesses, organisations and residents alike. As such we’d like to draw your attention to the ‘Recycling fund for Communities’. Full …Read more

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Not exporting recyclable material could improve recycling performance

Articles in the papers recently mentioned the restrictions on recycling imports brought in by the Chinese government. These restrictions are aimed at eliminating imports of poor quality; badly sorted recyclable materials such as paper and plastics. But is this really so bad for recycling? Does this mean that some materials now don’t get recycled? The …Read more

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