Biffa launches "cost effective" online waste service for SMEs

Biffa Waste Services has launched a new online service, which it claims will provide a “cost effective” solution for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) looking to access waste and recycling collection services in their area. For the first time, businesses can search for Biffa waste collection services in their locality, get a quote and book and pay online using the new service, the company said. Biffa said the website would be particularly helpful for SMEs, which find it difficult to access waste and recycling services at competitive prices.

The new online service comes in the wake of the launch of the Responsibility Deal, a new agreement between the Government and the Environmental Services Association (ESA), which represents the waste and resource management sector.

SMEs face high costs and poor waste and recycling services, which is preventing them from playing their part in reducing UK waste, according  to the Federation of Small Business (FSB), which says waste is one of the three biggest issues of concern raised by its members. One of the reasons for this is the Landfill Allowance Trading Scheme (LATS), which acts as a disincentive for local authorities to offer waste collection services to businesses, often making services uncompetitive. 

How to access service
-Businesses can access Biffa’s new online waste collection service via the company’s main website by clicking on the ‘Quote’ tab and then giving details of location, type of waste collection being sought, frequency and amount to be collected. The system will then provide a quote for the service, which the user can either accept or decline. Biffa is offering discounts to businesses that take longer-term contracts.