The study which surveyed over 100 firms throughout Munster found that SMEs are actively engaging in actions to reduce their environmental impact, with the majority (92%) disposing of unwanted waste through recycling.

However just one of these firms claimed to be zero waste to landfill – nearly half (48%) are still sending waste to landfill, with volumes varying between 1% to 24%.

When asked about the benefits of implementing environmentally friendly measures, most business leaders said the perceived benefit was ‘cost reduction’ closely followed by ‘waste minimisation’.

Other responses include fostering a ‘better image among customers’, knowledge that they are ‘doing their bit for the environment’ and ‘increased efficiencies’.

The research findings have been published by the SMILE Resource Exchange to coincide with the expansion into Dublin of the free exchange service for businesses, first piloted in Cork two years ago.

SMILE Resource Exchange is a network of businesses that involves the exchange of surplus products and by-products and reusable items.

Maxine Perella

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