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News In Brief 18/11/16

REPIC spreads the story of recycling with creative writing scheme

As part of its new ‘Responsible Recycling’ campaign, REPIC, the UK’s largest WEEE producer compliance scheme, has brought together eight primary schools from across the country to participate in the writing of a recycling-themed children’s book, ‘A Most Unexpected Day at the Recycling Plant’.

The educational initiative, ‘Pass It On’, was designed to raise awareness of the importance of recycling, with each school being asked to write one chapter before passing it on to the next school to write the following chapter.

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Over 250 Year 4 and Year 5 primary students and their teachers participated, coming up with a story featuring a rescue mission involving REPIC’s mascots, the robot R3P1C, made out of end-of-life electrical products, and Amp, his battery side-kick. Each child that took part will receive a copy of the finished book, illustrated by Manchester designer and illustrator, Tom Nicklin.

Dr Philip Morton, CEO of REPIC, said: “The Pass it On story writing was a highly engaging way to get children to think about recycling and share key messages with their friends, parents and carers. We’ve thoroughly enjoyed watching the story develop - the level of creativity has been outstanding and we’d like to thank the teachers for getting involved and inspiring the children.

 “Our ‘Responsible Recycling’ campaigns are all designed to increase consumer awareness, as we find that people generally want to ‘do the right thing’ when it comes to recycling once they know how.”

More information about REPIC’s ‘Responsible Recycling’ campaign can be found on the campaign’s website.


Bunzl Catering Supplies in new recycling initiative at Lord’s

A new recycling initiative is being trialled at Lord’s Cricket Ground, the renowned Home of Cricket, with support from Bunzl Catering Supplies, Simply Waste Solutions (SWS) and Closed Loop Environmental Services (CLES).

The trial found that 15 per cent of single-use plastic cups were placed in recycling bins by spectators at the venue, with minimal contamination of the cups providing a clean, single material waste stream for Lord’s to integrate into its overall waste management strategy.

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With bin inserts created by product design company A-Short-Walk to fit the venue’s 240 litre bins, the trial was launched at the Specsaver County Championship match between Middlesex and Nottinghamshire earlier this season, where observation of the trial showed that spectators were willing to recycle if there was an opportunity to do so.

Commenting on the new trial, Russell Seymour, Sustainability Director for Marylebone Cricket Club, said: “Part of MCC’s sustainability policy is to generate minimal waste, all of which is reused, recycled or recovered. We identified plastic waste as a significant and visible proportion of our waste on major match days. Phase one of the trial was such a success because it was straightforward for the customer – a good number of people actually engaged and noticed the new bins, and were willing to use them.”

Joanna Gilroy, Head of Sustainability at Bunzl Catering Supplies, added: “Being able to conduct effective recycling measures in large venues is increasingly important. Our key aim for phase one of the trial was to observe consumer behaviour, especially around the issue of contamination in bins. What we saw was a real willingness on the side of the consumer to actively and effectively recycle providing a system is in place that’s understandable, accessible and simple to use.”

More information about Bunzl can be found on the company’s website.


Ecosurety appoint new chair of board

News In Brief 18/11/16
Resource efficiency and compliance specialist Ecosurety has appointed Rod Leefe as Chair of its board of directors.  Leefe has more than 20 years’ experience as a strategist and entrepreneur, serving as Chair of financial recruitment company Wiltan Jardine, where he was also Managing Director for almost ten years.

Leefe will work with the company’s founder Steve Clark, who will remain on the board, to deliver a coherent business strategy to ‘deliver smarter company solutions for its members’ through resource reduction, reuse and recycling.

Commenting on his appointment, Leefe said: “Ecosurety is a young, ambitious company, with a hugely-talented team. I am looking forward to helping shape its future direction, and enable the company to achieve its ambition to become the go-to compliance scheme for larger producers.”

Clark added: “Ecosurety prides itself on excellent service, insight and products for members. We welcome Rod’s vast experience working with high-performing organisations and employees as companies begin to recognise the value of transparent compliance.”

More information about Ecosurety can be found on the company’s website.


New reuse shop unveiled in Wrexham

A new reuse shop has been opened in Wrexham, which will help residents save both money and waste while providing support to Nightingale House Hospice.

Located at one of Wrexham County Borough Council’s household waste recycling centre operated by FCC Environment, the shop will sell items such as electrical goods, toys, sports equipment and books and DVDs, salvaged, cleaned and tested by FCC Environment staff from recycling centres at Bryn Lane, Brymbo and Plas Madoc, or donated by the public.

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The proceeds will go to Nightingale House Hospice which provides free specialist palliative care services across the areas of Wrexham, Flintshire, East Denbighshire, Barmouth, and the border towns of Oswestry and Whitchurch.

The shop was opened by the Mayor of Wrexham, Cllr John Pritchard, Cllr David A Bithell, FCC Environment Contract Manager Mac Kenrick and Eluned Griffiths, Chair of the Board of Nightingale House during a ceremony on the Wednesday (16 November).

Councillor David A Bithell, Lead Member for Environment and Transport, said: “The new reuse shop is a great asset to Wrexham local communities using this facility. We’re really pleased that FCC Environment has been able to work with Nightingale House to deliver the shop here at Wrexham. Reuse stores are becoming incredibly popular, raising thousands for charity and, crucially, preventing unnecessary waste from being thrown away.”

More information about waste and recycling in Wrexham can be found on the council’s website.