A FIRM in Meltham has become the first company in Kirklees to adopt a commercial version of the council’s “green bin” recycling scheme.

Washroom supplies firm Disposables UK Group has installed a green skip at its headquarters at Concept House, Huddersfield Road, in a pilot scheme with Kirklees Council’s cleansing department.

Employees at the firm’s four sites in Meltham and its distribution centre in Milnsbridge are encouraged to put waste paper, cardboard and other items such as magazines and drinks cans into green bins.

When lorries call to make deliveries, they also collect the contents of the bins for disposal in the green skip.

Quality manager Gerry Shaw and marketing manager Emma Wood have worked with Kirklees cleansing officer Trevor Holmes on the ground-breaking scheme.

Said Ms Wood: “There is currently no scheme in place by Kirklees Council to offer the recycle skip to every business, but Disposables UK volunteered to try out the scheme.

“If it is successful, we could see Kirklees offering this to other businesses.”

She said: “We used to fill our standard yellow skip three times a week. Everything went in the ordinary skip and straight to landfill.

“Now the green skip is being emptied once a week, which shows how much recyclable waste we create. We have to pay for it to be emptied, but it means waste which can be recycled is not going to be stuck in some landfill.”

Disposables UK already uses recycled paper for many of its toilet rolls and tissue products. Where it uses wood pulp, it sources the paper from mills that take wood from sustainable forests.

Mr Holmes said: “We were keen to work with Disposables UK on the trial as they showed such an interest in making the changes in their organisation to become a greener company.

“Rather than 85% of their waste going to landfill, that 85% is recycled – which is great.”

Disposables UK managing director Dave Burkill said: “Many people may consider the practicalities of environmental care to be beyond individuals, but in reality it is very easy for everyone to reduce environmental damage.

“The smallest measures can make a significant difference, such as reducing the volume of waste generated – and we are certainly doing that at Disposables UK since the recycle skip has been on site.”

Disposables UK is now applying for certification for the international standard for environmental management systems, which will make it one of 6,000 organisations in the UK to attain the standard.

The firm, which already has quality assurance certification, was named International Business of the Year in the 2006 Huddersfield Examiner Business Awards and was a finalist in the category for Small and Medium Enterprise of the Year in the 2007 awards.