News in brief 29/04/16

News in brief 29/04/16
Keep Britain Tidy appoints five new trustees

National anti-litter charity Keep Britain Tidy has announced the appointment of five new trustees to its board.

Suzy Brain England joins the board as a trustee this month, and will take over from Dinah Nichols as Chair in September, having chaired and served on boards in sectors including health, housing, enterprise and finance.

Speaking after her appointment was announced, she said: “I am thrilled to be joining Keep Britain Tidy as a Trustee and Chair Designate. I have had a life-long commitment to the mission to love where we live.

“I champion this in my daily life as a director in major housing and health organisations and working directly with businesses and directors. I hope to use my skills, knowledge and experience to further our cause, raise our profile and ensure sustainability.”

Sarah Lund, an environmental scientist who has spent 18 years working in the sustainability, financial, regulatory and strategy arenas has also been named to the board, and will be joined in May by independent communications consultant and business writer Philippa Anderson.

The remaining two new trustees will join in August. They are Amanda Rendle, who has also just been appointed as a Non-Executive Director of the Royal Mint and the Government Communications Centre Ministerial Board and is also Chair of the Institute of Direct and Digital Marketing Qualifications Board, and Hilary Bauer, who now works entirely in the voluntary sector but has experience in government and the arts and heritage sector and was, until recently, Chief Executive of the Broadcasting Complaints Commission.

Keep Britain Tidy’s current chair Dinah Nichols CB will stand down in September. Speaking about her three and a half years in the position, she said: “We have transformed ourselves from an organisation dependent for half its revenue on government support to an independent, vibrant self-financing social enterprise with a streamlined strategy, clear goals and innovative ideas for making this country greener and litter free.”

Egbert Taylor Group teams up with OMB

Waste container manufacturer Egbert Taylor Group (ETG) has this week (25 April) announced a new partnership with OMB to become the exclusive UK distributor of OMB containers.

ETG, which owns the Taylor, Sellers and Bigbelly brands, has formed a series of partnerships over the last year as part of the company’s expansion programme. OMB, part of the BUSI Group, the Italian producer of waste products, manufactures side-loading containers including 1,800, 2,400 and 3,200 litre sizes in addition to rear-loading compactors.

ETG’s CEO, Brendan Murphy, commented: “This collaboration enables us to offer a more comprehensive suite of products, all under the Egbert Taylor Group framework and underpinned by the service standards that our customers have come to expect from our brands.”

Recycling award for Cambridge Business Improvement District

News in brief 29/04/16
Cambridge Business Improvement District (CBID) has received the national Green Can Award, which recognises businesses and organisations going ‘above and beyond’ to improve recycling efforts in their local areas.

CBID has improved recycling rates in Cambridge through its work with visitors, locals and businesses and by promoting the Every Can Counts programme, which encourages people to recycle drinks cans outside the home.

The recycling campaign is a partnership between European and UK drinks brands, can manufacturers and the aluminium recycling industry and is supported by the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP). CBID has promoted Every Can Counts to Cambridge City Council and the colleges of Cambridge University and has installed recycling points at over 40 high street retailers and two shopping centres in the city.

According to CBID, cans collected from shopping centres in Cambridge alone number in the thousands and have been recycled rather than sent to landfill sites. Philippa Artus, Marketing & Projects Executive for CBID, said: “We’re proud of this award and what it means for Cambridge in terms of supporting a sustainable city centre. We are committed to developing projects like this that will help to keep the city clean, reduce CO2 emissions and protect resources.”

Jonathan Easthope, Brand Manager for Every Can Counts, has urged more local businesses to get involved with the free programme: “Whether organisations are looking for help promoting existing recycling facilities or for those looking to start a new recycling scheme from scratch, we’re here to help.”

News in brief 29/04/16
Tubby the recycling Labrador dies

Tubby the recycling Labrador from Torfaen in South East Wales, who found fame for recycling an estimated 50,000 plastic bottles over his lifetime, has died aged 13.

Tubby commonly picked up and crushed at least 12 bottles a day during walks before taking them to his owner, Sandra Gilmore, who described him as the “keenest, greenest, recycling canine around with the smallest carbon paw print ever”.

He would dig bottles from the ground or go under bushes and into water to get them. He was eventually recognised in the 2011 Guinness Book of Records for his talent of recycling plastic for the most bottles recycled by a dog, 26,000 of them at that stage.

The first story about Tubby was published in the South Wales Argus newspaper in 2009. After that he appeared on the BBC One’s Show and on Channel 5. He was presented with a bone on ITV and with a civic award by Torfaen Council.

A Guinness World Records spokesman said: “We’re sad to hear the news about Tubby, it was a pleasure to have him feature in the book. His love for recycling was inspiring to many children and adults alike. It was a unique record and we are honoured to have been able to verify his achievement in the community.”