Sustainability

Wheelie bin climbs Snowdon for charity

Waste professionals raise thousands for developing countries with charity walk
A charity walk to the peak of Mount Snowdon has helped raise £6,400 for communities in developing countries to utilise simple and practical recycling processes.

The Walk for Waste saw 25 people brave the summer evening mists and winds to climb to the highest point in Wales on Saturday (16 July).

Sally Talbot, Policy Support Officer at the Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee (LARAC), organised the walk to raise funds for WasteAid UK, a charity that aims to deliver simple recycling and waste management processes to communities in developing countries that have no access to established waste services.

According to the charity, 40 per cent of the world’s waste is not collected or treated, with open dumping and burning of waste causing many serious health problems and pollution of the environment. Implementing simple solid waste management practices can mitigate these risks, make greater use of resources and provide jobs that can prove very valuable in areas of severe economic deprivation.

In June, the charity was awarded a National Energy Globe Award for its work in The Gambia, where it has partnered with local organisations to set up a waste training and entrepreneurship centre that researches suitable waste reprocessing techniques, raises awareness about problems caused by poor waste management and provides practical training in how to recycle waste.

The burden of waste

Amongst those taking part in the walk was Andrew Jenkins, Recycling Officer at Cherwell District and South Northamptonshire Councils, who reached the summit with a wheelie bin full of recyclable waste strapped to his back.

Andrew Jenkins, with bin
Jenkins said: “I work in waste every day and understand the impact WasteAid UK has in developing countries, so I just had to take part in the Snowdon walk. I wanted to do a little bit more, so I thought carrying a wheelie bin up Snowdon would be tough and a good fit for a charity working in waste management.

“It was hard work, and my legs haven’t forgiven me yet, but it was brilliant getting to the top knowing we had all raised thousands for WasteAid UK. Getting to the bottom was pretty good too. I know that the money raised will be well spent and make a real difference.”

Elsewhere this weekend, Carolyn Couch, Waste and Recycling Manager at the University of Southampton, took part in a tandem skydive to raise money for the cause.

Commenting on the fundraising activities, Mike Webster, Director of WasteAid UK, said: “This has been an incredible weekend for WasteAid UK. The response to our first major fundraising events has been overwhelming and demonstrates that people really do recognise the need for proper waste management in developing countries.

“Supporting WasteAid UK is a powerful corporate social responsibility activity, and we’re inviting the whole industry to get behind us to help deliver real and lasting change.”

The Great ReCycle

WasteAid UK’s next major fundraising event will take place in August, with a team of cyclists, led by Matt Slaughter, Environmental Compliance Manager at Matthews (Sussex) Ltd, taking part in a 70-mile mountain bike ride.

The route will cover the entire length of the Basingstoke Canal, along the River Wey and finally the River Thames, finishing in the heart of London at Waterloo Station. The team of riders, Matt Slaughter, Andrew Beattie, Lisa Goldsack, Raquel Villasante, Mark Vincent, Mark Hale and Jonathan Morris, are inviting sponsorship through JustGiving.

More information can be found on the WasteAid UK website

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