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Byline: Matt Lloyd

TRADERS battling for the future of Birmingham's outdoor markets said a recyling scheme would help the environment and provide a cash boost for the site.

Stall holders from the historic Bull Ring Markets signed a deal with Sparkhill based A to Z Waste Management Ltd to remove and recycle the mass of cardboard, plastic and polystyrene produced by traders each day.

Market staff said the scheme had already improved the cleanliness of the area and would also provide extra cash to help maintain and improve the site.

It was hoped the scheme could be a boost to the outdoor site as concerns continue over the neighbouring wholesale markets following the recent collapse of an pounds 80 million relocation deal between Birmingham City Council and now defunct Advantage West Midlands. Dave Everett, co-chairman of the outdoor market traders' association, said: "Traders were aware we needed to improve our environment and the shopping area of this section of town.

"We noticed there was a huge usage of cardboard and paper and we thought we could do something positive about it."

With permission from the markets department at Birmingham City Council, a deal was struck with the Sparkhill firm to cart away the waste produced throughout the day when the markets trade.

And, after a two-month trial period, Mr Everett said the scheme had proved a win-win situation for everybody.

"It's been hugely benefi-cial to the appearance and had reduced staff requirements for the markets for cleaning because this professional company comes along and clears the site on our behalf.

He added: "The limited funds we receive from this are also reinvested into the continuity of upgrading and improving the market, maintaining cleanliness and health and safety."


Waste management: Staff members Naeem Butt and Niaz Khan sort through the cardboard.
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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Nov 3, 2011
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