BUSINESSES across Kirklees could save millions of pounds a year by cutting waste, latest research reveals.

Figures from CO2Sense Yorkshire said businesses across the district were on course to create more than 1m tonnes of waste this year – with the average cost of landfilling, landfill tax and collection reaching £80 a tonne.

Andy Hartley, operations director, said firms could make a start on cutting their waste and becoming more efficient by recycling.

But he added; “That has to be just the start – businesses can typically reduce their energy consumption by 20%, water consumption by 50% and reduce waste costs by £1,000 per employee when they audit their current activity and implement a plan to reduce their impact.

“Businesses in Yorkshire could save an amazing £553m a year if they implemented low and no-cost resource efficiency improvements.”

Since its launch in 2005, CO2Sense – a not-for-profit organisation funded by Yorkshire Forward – has helped boost spending on recycled products by £13.6m, increased recycling by nearly 150,000 tonnes and saved 114,200 tonnes of CO2.

It has also supported more than 300 businesses, helped to create 82 jobs and attracted £2.4m of private sector investment.