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Christmas 2017 news round-up

By 22/12/2017News

With news on: Community Wood Recycling’s Christmas message; winner announced for Nottingham competition; Father Christmas recycles his sleigh; a recycle-friendly Christmas; and, ReFood launches campaign.

Community Wood Recycling sends Christmas message

Community Wood Recycling (CWR) in Brighton has thanked its partners and members and wished them a merry Christmas.

Community Wood Recycling’s workshop in Brighton

The company said its work has helped to rescue and reuse more than 14,000 tonnes of timber – saving 6,000 tonnes of carbon over 2017.

And, this work has created more than 600 job, training and volunteering opportunities for some of the most marginalised people in the community, CWR said.

The National Community Wood Recycling Project (NCWRP) was founded in 2003 to help set up and develop a nationwide network of wood recycling social enterprises.

The aim of these enterprises is to save resources by rescuing and re-using waste timber that would otherwise be landfilled and create sustainable jobs, as well as training and volunteering opportunities for local people – especially those who might find it difficult to get into or back to employment.

Together, the NCWRP and its member enterprises make up Community Wood Recycling.

Winner announced for Nottingham Christmas competition

Hundreds of letters featuring the good recycling deeds of Nottinghamshire children were delivered to the recycling elves courtesy of Veolia (Nottinghamshire county council’s waste contractors).

Father Christmas letter winner with Panto stars, NCC chairman & Veolia

The winning letter came from James Fee aged 10 from Ranskill Primary School in Retford. James’ letter won him a special present and tickets for his family to see this year’s pantomime, Cinderella, at Nottingham Playhouse.

As part of Recycle for Nottinghamshire’s Christmas celebrations the recycling elves asked children to write to Father Christmas and tell him all about their recycling good deeds.

There were 336 entries from children all across Nottinghamshire, aged from 5 – 11 years old.

James’ winning letter was full of tips about how to go from being a ‘rubbish’ recycler to a brilliant ‘bin buster’. His tips included: putting cardboard, plastic bottles (no lids) and paper in the recycling bin; and taking part in a Recycle for Nottinghamshire tour at the Materials Recovery Facility.

FCC spread festive cheer in Wigan

Two Wigan-based schools have won £1,000 each to spend on environmental improvements after winning an FCC-sponsored competition to create a video to get more people recycling.

Rudolph the recycling wagon with pupils from Hindley Green Sacred Heart Catholic Primary

Hindley Green Sacred Heart Catholic Primary and Oakfield High School and College were also awarded a surprise visit from Santa and ‘Rudolph the Recycling Truck’ on Monday.

However, Father Christmas had recycled his sleigh and arrived in a bin wagon instead!

The pupils from both schools saw the bin wagon, dressed up as Rudolph, pulling into the school playground before hearing Santa say he loved both the recycling videos and gave the children selection boxes as a thank you.

Tony Waterworth, site business manager for FCC Environment, said: “We are delighted to have been involved in this project and we too have been really impressed with the videos so it was a huge honour to hand over our wagons to help deliver the great news to the two worthy winners”.

Have yourself a recycle-friendly Christmas

‘Flatten your boxes, rinse out cans and take bows and tape off of presents’. These are some of the tips from recycling company Viridor as it sees to boost recycling rates in December and January.

Viridor’s Christmas message to the public

The company has come up with a list of handy hints to help consumers “do their bit” with recycling this Christmas.

Other tips include crushing plastic bottles, planning ahead to avoid food waste, avoid recycling anything with glitter and ensuring batteries for Christmas toys are safely disposed of.

Viridor’s bigger material recycling facilities will each see the volume of paper and card received increase by 500 to 600 tonnes a week in December and January or a rise of 2,000 tonnes per MRF over the Christmas period as a whole, the company said.

“If you have generously given and received many gifts and are overwhelmed with recycling, you can use your recycling bins and drop off excess items at a household waste recycling centre,” the company added.

ReFood launches Christmas campaign

Food waste recycler, ReFood, has launched its campaign for a third consecutive year, to tackle the increase in food waste, and the plight of homelessness.

ReFood 1

ReFood’s anaerobic digestion facility in Dagenham

According to ReFood, as part of the campaign, the company will donate money to selected homeless charities, for every new customer who signs up for its food waste collection until the end of January.

In the spirit of its closed loop energy from waste process, ReFood will also be making donations towards the charities’ heating bills.

To date has raised thousands of pounds for charity, whilst reducing the amount of food waste sent to landfill, the company said.

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