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Smiths News has launched a low-cost daily recycling collection service for its independent retail customers in the West Midlands and North West.

Those participating in the new scheme are provided with bags into which they can put any items suitable for recycling – such as soft plastic and bulky cardboard packaging left over from their cash and vary trips or stock deliveries – and leave them with their newspaper returns.

Customers can take advantage of as many collections as they want. Some might require several a week, while others need only one.

The service is available for a single flat-rate fee added to their weekly news bill, with no ties and the freedom to opt out whenever they like. Members signing up early can also benefit from a special-offer price of £3.50 a week.

“We asked customers what it takes to manage a successful independent store and dealing with waste was a key theme, as it is a pain to manage and a significant cost,” said Michael Williams, Smiths News’ head of proposition development. “So, it makes sense to use both our delivery network and existing recycling infrastructure to help. Fitting with our own aspirations on sustainability is an added bonus.”

The collection service launched to independent retailers in the Smiths News Birmingham Group this week, with further areas to be added.

Those wishing to participate should apply online at

Find out more about the Smiths News recycling collection service here.


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