News in brief 23/12/16

Leave Your Cap On campaigns reach two million households

­­­­­­­­­­­­The ‘Leave Your Cap On’ campaign, which encourages residents to recycle aluminium screw tops along with the glass bottles on which they came, has recently launched in four local authorities, meaning over two million UK homes have now received the communications since the campaign first launched in 2013.

News in brief 23/12/16The latest campaigns, in Oxford and Berkshire, mean the number of bottle banks across the UK now promoting the recycling message has reached 5,443.

Project managed by the Aluminium Packaging Recycling Organisation (Alupro), the new campaigns have been launched by re3 – the waste management partnership of Bracknell Forest, Reading and Wokingham Borough Councils and FCC Environment – and by Oxford City Council.

New stickers can now be seen on all 597 bottle bank sites in the re3 area carrying the message that simply screwing the lid back on glass bottles can help recycle more and benefit the environment. 

The Oxford City Council campaign is being publicised through the council’s website and social media as well as with stickers on 46 bottle banks in the city. Phil the Bin, the city’s blue bin recycling mascot is also helping to promote this campaign.

Rick Hindley, Executive Director of Alupro, said: “With Christmas and New Year fast-approaching, it’s the ideal time for people to get into the habit of screwing caps back on and helping to boost recycling figures. The market for aluminium bottle closures is growing rapidly, particularly for wine bottles, so it is important that people are made aware of how simple it is to recycle them. 

“Alupro has free resources available to local authorities to encourage this simple but effective behaviour change, including artwork templates and short videos to explain how simply screwing the top back on the empty bottle helps recover this valuable, sustainable and recyclable material.”

More information about aluminium screw tops can be found on the Alupro website.

Amey appoints new commercial waste director

Amey has appointed a new Commercial Waste Director to oversee its UK trade operations.

News in brief 23/12/16Jason Houghton will lead all aspects of the company’s commercial waste offering, including its operational, sales and customer service teams as well as recyclate end markets. He will also oversee over 40 household waste recycling centres operated by Amey on behalf of local authorities.

Houghton has over 25 years of experience in the waste management sector, having worked for Tradebe, Veolia and Cleanaway prior to joining Amey.

Commenting on his new role, Houghton said: “This is an exciting time for Amey. As a business, we manage waste services from the doorstep right through to processing, recycling and creating energy from waste.

“Amey has over 15,000 commercial waste customers across the country working in a whole host of sectors. Our aim is to be an expert, one-stop shop – providing not only a flexible range of services, but also guidance and advice on meeting legislative requirements and comprehensive data reporting for customers.”

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

London Sustainable Development Commission seeks new Chair

The London Sustainable Development Commission (LSDC) is seeking a new Chair to help the Mayor of London make the capital a more sustainable place to live.

From improving community cohesion, boosting good growth and developing low-carbon and clean-tech businesses to looking at ways the public can recycle and reuse more, the new chair will be tasked with leading the LSDC in providing independent advice to the mayor.

The new LSDC Chair will have an important role to play helping to build a sustainable future for London and creating a zero-carbon city by 2050.

Deputy Mayor for Environment and Energy, Shirley Rodrigues said: “We’re looking for a leader who can develop innovative ideas and strategies to improve the quality of life for all Londoners.

“With our rising population, it’s vitally important we continue to protect the environment and promote strong social cohesion to ensure London remains open to everyone and is one of the most sustainable cities in the world.”

The LSDC was established in 2002 to advise the Mayor of London on sustainability issues and is made up of experts from the economic, social, environmental and London governance sectors. Their brief is to ensure sustainability is at the core of policies and strategies impacting on London, and to help make sustainability a meaningful concept for Londoners.  

More information about the role can be found on the LSDC website.