20 December 2016 by Robin Nierynck

Charities and people roundup (20/12/2016)

With news on: Smurfit Kappa recycling raises over £40,000 for hospice care; Encirc MD is president of British Glass; Local charities receive £10,000 thanks to residents who recycle, and; ClearPoint Recycling welcomes four new recruits. 

Smurfit Kappa recycling scheme raises over £40,000 for hospice care

Paper-based packaging company Smurfit Kappa’s recycling depot in Tamworth has celebrated raising over £40,000 for a leading charity in its community.

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(l-r) Aaron Coleman, events organiser at St Giles Hospice; Deborah Porter-Walker, Smurfit Kappa; Carolyn Harris, community fundraiser at St Giles Hospice and Stacey Burns, Smurfit Kappa

A total of £41,038 was raised for St Giles Hospice, which will help to fund the provision of care to local people living with cancer and other serious illnesses.

Businesses in the region recycle their recyclable paper and cardboard trhough the Tamworth depot. Smurfit Kappa Recycling pays a charity sum for every tonne of material collected, and over the years an increasing number of customers have been nominating St Giles Hospice as the recipient for the payments.

The company has said it hopes even more local businesses will join over the coming months as it begins working towards its £80,000 fundraising target.

Jeremy Green, commercial manager for Smurfit Kappa Recycling, said: “We are really proud of the amount that we’ve been able to donate thanks to all the recyclable paper and cardboard we’ve received from so many diverse small businesses in the region. Small amounts really do add up.”

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Encirc MD is president of British Glass

Adrian Curry, managing director of Encirc, has been elected president of British Glass for a two year term.

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Adrian Curry

The appointment will see Mr Curry join the organisation’s board and work with his industry colleagues to raise the profile of the industry as a whole. He succeeds Davia Walmsley, the creative director at Daedalion Glass Studios, who was the first female president of the association in its 100 year history.

British Glass is the industry’s trade association, representing manufacturers and recyclers at a national, European and international level.

Mr Curry said: ““A key focus of my term will be driving the industry to become more sustainable, and in particular meeting the commitment to the Government’s Industrial Decarbonisation & Energy Efficiency Roadmap.

“The aim of an 80% carbon reduction by 2050 is achievable, and some manufacturers, including Encirc, are already setting an example for other industries to follow.”

Mr Curry helped establish Encirc’s first manufacturing plant in Derrylin, Co Fermanagh in 1998. In 2004 he was appointed managing director, and last year oversaw the company’s acquisition by the Vidrala Group.

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Local charities receive £10,000 thanks to residents who recycle

St Helens Recycling Rewards has raised £10,000 for four local charities as part of a campaign to encourage St Helens residents to waste less and recycle more.

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l-r: Carol Pilkington (Willowbrook Hospice), Graham Simmonds (LGP), Alison Usher (WH), Mike Denning (Steve Prescott Foundation), Cllr Seve Gomez-Aspron, Lauren Wood (Hope Centre), Alex O’Keeffe (Hope Centre) and Lynn Duffy (Honey Rose Foundation)

St Helens Recycling Rewards is a partnership initiative between St Helens council and Local Green Points. Having run for a year now, already over 10,000 residents have signed up.

Over the last 12 months, members of the scheme have been voting for their favourite local charity, with Willowbrook Hospice winning the top prize of £5,000.

Second favourite, the Steve Prescott Foundation won £3,000 and the two runners up, Honey Rose Foundation and The Hope Centre, were both awarded £1,000 each.

Members earn points for their community for recycling by saving materials from the refuse bin. The communities with the most points per household have the biggest say over which local charity receives the largest donation.

Councillor Seve Gomez-Aspron, cabinet member for Green, smart & sustainable borough said: “After 12 months Recycling Rewards is going really well with the amount of recycling going up across the borough and it’s great to see local charities benefitting from the recycling efforts of our residents.”

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ClearPoint Recycling welcomes four new recruits

Harrogate-based materials trading company ClearPoint Recycling Ltd is set to welcome four new members of staff to its team in the New Year.

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Pete Nichols will be joining ClearPoint as a southern-based buyer

Specialising in the souring of recyclable plastics, paper and metals, in 2016 ClearPoint Recycling grew from three staff to six.

The company saw the arrival of Duncan Oakes, former sales director of ECO Plastics Ltd, taking the position of commercial director.

The New Year will see the arrival of four new members to the team. Three staff will be joining the office in Harrogate; Claudia Granata takes on the role of tender coordinator to assist with growth of long term local authority contracts, Laura Bartle joins as sales coordinator to support the commercial team and Melissa Smith-Love joins to assist with accounts.

Hariette Shave joined ClearPoint in 2016 supporting the commercial team, but with the arrival of Laura Bartle will now be moving into a field-based role buying material for the company.

And, joining the business in January as a southern-based buyer will be Pete Nichols. Mr Nichols has worked within the waste and recycling industry for 10 years, latterly holding the post of site manager for Neath-based Derwen Group.


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