The classic definition of waste—a transaction “for consideration so disproportionately small as to lie beyond the range at which any reasonable person might be willing to trade,” an act equivalent to “gift” or “spoliation” of corporate assets—suggests that waste should never arise, for what corporation would ever enter

Small business owners often say that they would recycle more if there was an established infrastructure and it was easy to do so. In light of this, government departments launched the Business Waste and Recycling Services Commitment, making it easier for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to recycle more of their business waste by working with local authorities. The 12-step programme, which local authorities voluntarily sign up to, offers tailor-made services, clear pricing structures and guidance on business’ legal responsibilities.