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Ledbury cafe owner backs recycling service
10:04am Friday 30th August 2013 in News
A CAFE in Ledbury is backing a new trade waste recycling scheme currently being trialled in the area – and has urged others to take up the service.
The Market Cafe in Ledbury High Street is one of just 40 businesses in the county taking part in the trial, which was launched last year by Herefordshire Council.
Cafe owner Alan Tookey said he had been in catering for 40 years, in areas including Devon and Wales, and adds that he had never encountered a better scheme.
He spoke out after some Ledbury businesses and a councillor, Tony Bradford, questioned the fairness and sense of Herefordshire Council’s general recycling policy for local businesses.
Except for businesses on the trial, Herefordshire Council is not collecting recyclable trade waste at present and traders are being directed towards private waste recycling firms for this service.
But with news that the council is looking at expanding its trade waste recycling trial to more businesses, Mr Tookey is urging fellow traders to take advantage.
He said: “I’m happy with it – I can’t fault it. They forgot to collect my recyclables the other day and I rang them up and they came back within 30 minutes.
“I would urge other businesses to take them up.
"They even call on bank holidays.”
The scheme could be expanded within months.
Herefordshire Council communications officer Kerry Thompson said: “The Market Café in Ledbury does participate in the trade recycling trial and is also a trade waste customer of Herefordshire Council.
“The trial was only open to council trade waste customers – not those who contract other firms to remove their trade waste.”
Only 40 trade waste customers are involved in the trial. But she added moves to expand this would be considered.
“If the trial proves successful we will be looking to offer this service across the county,” she said.
“The trial runs until autumn this year where it will be decided whether to offer it more widely.”
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