Trade Waste

Cleanliness of the city centre and business support are two of the key challenges that York Business Improvement District was set up to tackle. The BID took a huge step forward by appointing Forge recycling as the Trade waste supplier for the city. The contract between the BID and Forge began on 1st June 2019.

In Late 2018 a survey was conducted to find out exactly what businesses wanted from their trade waste supplier and we learnt the following

  • there are too many different providers coming into the city, causing congestion and collecting at different times;
  • prices are expensive;
  • there are limited recycling options.

The BID then took this information and appointed Eunomia experts in Trade waste to support the BID through a tender process which concluded with the appointment of Forge.

ND5_3755 small

York currently has a large number of different providers all navigating York’s narrow streets to service businesses. These businesses face several challenges with waste management, and we set out to find a provider that would operate seven days a week and increase the options for recycling, whilst saving businesses money.  The appointment of Forge Recycling as our trade waste partner achieves all these objectives and more, with new options including recycling of coffee cups and composting of vegware. There should also be no reason for waste bags to be left out on the pavement from Friday evening until Monday morning with regular weekend collections.

As part of the York BID agreement, participating businesses will benefit from economies of scale, with no annual increase in the waste contract price, but possible reductions as more sign up to the service.  Businesses will also benefit from one free cardboard bale collection each week. It is hoped that many city centre businesses will sign up for the scheme, with an average annual saving of around 20% for those who join.  

For more details, please call 0345 505 0905 or email

Sign up to our newsletter for updates