News in Brief – 22/11/21

Croydon opens first Reuse Shop on final day of COP26

The first Community Reuse Shop opened in Croydon on 12 November, coinciding with the final day of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26).

Located at Fishers Farm Household Waste and Recycling Centre (HWRC), the shop will sell items that have been rescued from going to waste and is the latest in a series of Croydon Council initiatives to tackle climate change by ‘encouraging sustainable living’.

Croydon Reuse ShopLocal residents will be able to donate pre-loved items to the shop, with all proceeds from sales going straight back into its operations. The shop will sell refurbished electronics; homeware; books; toys; sports equipment; and musical instruments. All items will be saved from disposal by Household Reuse and Recycling Centre teams across the South London Waste Partnership boroughs.

Local Councillor, Muhammad Ali, commented: “As COP26 comes to a close, I am proud to be here to open Croydon’s first Community Reuse Shop at Fishers Farm HRRC. ‘Re-use’ is just as important as ‘reduce’ and ‘recycle’ – and this new shop is a brilliant example of how we can find innovative ways to shrink our waste footprint by adopting a circular economy model that can have a positive environmental, economic, and social impact.

“I encourage Croydon residents with goods lying around to bring them by to be donated to this fantastic new shop, and for bargain hunters to come check out all the great merchandise up for sale.”

WasteAid appoints three new trustees to its Board

WasteAid has welcomed three new Trustees to its Board, with Claudio Deola, Enzo Martinelli, and Deborah Sacks being appointed to the committee.

Claudio Deola is a Senior Humanitarian water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) Advisor at Save the Children where he currently coordinates the global humanitarian WASH response. He has around 20 years of practical experience within the sector, both in direct implementation and in remote support.

Enzo Martinelli is an international development professional who has been working for over 30 years with international NGOs based in the UK, Italy and Germany. Here he has been held responsible for organisational development, resource mobilisation, programme development and project management.

Deborah Sacks has worked in the waste management industry for over 20 years. She has run a waste management consultancy since 2010 that focuses on work with local and central governments identifying the steps needed to improve waste management performance both within the UK and abroad.

Chair of the WasteAid Board, Sarahjane Widdowson, commented: “We’re pleased to welcome Deborah, Enzo and Claudio and look forward to strengthening our board with their diverse skills and experience. We’d also like to say a big thank you to our two outgoing trustees Rachel Wildblood and Ray Georgeson, who were founder members of the board.

“WasteAid continues to make an impact on an important and yet often overlooked area, and the board are ready to support our fantastic staff to continue their impressive work in raising awareness of this important issue and scaling the organisation to amplify our impact.”

Suez celebrates raising £160k in 2021 for Macmillan Cancer Support

SUEZ staff from across the country have raised £160,540 in the past year for their corporate charity partner Macmillan Cancer Support, bringing the total raised for the organisation to £475,540.

The collaboration has been ongoing for nine years, with 2021’s main fundraising event, the Big Climb, seeing SUEZ workers ‘climbing hills from Surrey to Scotland’ in order to raise money to help Macmillan ‘provide support to people living with cancer, including advice on treatment, emotional support, financial advice and nurses, as well as advocating for better cancer care.’

The waste management company also organised coffee mornings; sponsored challenges including a skydive and a head-shave; raffles; a golf day; and entry to the London Marathon in its attempts to hit the £100,000 annual fundraising target.

John Scanlon, Chief Executive Officer for SUEZ recycling and recovery UK, commented: “Cancer sadly touches us all and I’m proud of the way our people have embraced our partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support, coming together to smash our target for 2021 and raise £160,540 this year, taking us to over £475,500 since we started working with Macmillan in 2013.

“All of this is made possible by our network of Macmillan champions who help to coordinate our activities throughout the year, and I’d like to thank everyone who has
helped make 2021 our best year yet.”