With news on: Viridor donates to Mencap; MRWA and Veolia fund charity project; WCRS supports children’s charity; and Yorwaste supports projects in North Yorkshire.
Viridor donates to Merton Mencap
Workers building Viridor’s Beddington Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) in Sutton have chosen to donate £1,000 to Merton Mencap after reaching 500,000 working hours without a lost time incident.
The £205m ERF is about to enter its commissioning phase. Once operational in 2018 it will process residual waste from the four boroughs which make up the South London Waste Partnership into energy to “power the facility itself plus around 30,000 homes”.
Throughout the construction project, milestones of safe working have been recognised by charity donations, with the workers onsite selecting from the Mayor’s charities in the South London Waste Partnership Boroughs.
On this occasion Merton Mencap, an independent charity providing support and services for children, young people and adults with a learning disability and their family carers in the London Borough of Merton, was welcomed to the site for a cheque presentation.
Rob Tubb, project director for Viridor said: “This milestone is a very important one for the project. The ERF at Beddington will provide a vital service to households in south London and, as we near completion, we have a large number of different contractors onsite.”
Andrew Whittington, chief executive of Merton Mencap, said: “We are delighted that by working safely at the Beddington Energy Recovery Facility people in Merton with learning disabilities and their families are able to benefit.”
MRWA and Veolia fund local charity project
Remake, Re-use, Recycle is the mantra for a charity in Knowsley which is training disadvantaged young people in practical refurbishment and repairing skills.
The Kirkby-based Centre 63 has used money from a local waste prevention fund to establish the ReMake Yourself Hub, which is working to equip vulnerable young people with a range of upcycling abilities to repair unwanted furniture and bicycles.
Centre 63 is a Church of England Youth Centre which provides community education, activities, and initiatives for young people in Knowsley and Liverpool. The £15,000 of funding for the project has come from the Merseyside Recycling & Waste Authority (MRWA) and Veolia Community Fund, which was set up to help support waste prevention, re-use and recycling projects locally.
The bike repair scheme is giving young people the opportunity to learn about cycle repair and maintenance, as well as earn their own bike. The upholstery training includes hands on skills such as assembling and repairing furniture, machinist techniques, manual work and cleaning.
WCRS supports children’s charity
Waste management company WCRS, has put its ‘Toy building’ skills to the test to support Essex-based charity PARC.
WCRS provides waste management and recycling solutions for organisations with multiple sites and multiple waste streams.
PARC (Essex) was developed by a group of parents in 1995 due to the lack of support and play opportunities for children with additional and special educational needs. They have now grown to help over 500 families in the Essex area, a number which continues to rise every year.
Robert Logan, managing director of WCRS was looking for a team building idea which would test team collaboration skills. Mr Logan decided on a toy building exercise.
The exercise resulted in some 20 brand new toys constructed and ready for the children to use at the PARC centre in Braintree Essex.
Yorwaste supports projects in North Yorkshire
Environmental and community projects close to a North Yorkshire-based Yorwaste’s waste sites have benefited from funding over half a million pounds.
Children’s play areas, a railway station, village halls and sports facilities were among 30 projects that received funding of £528,305 from Yorventure in 2016/17.
Yorventure is a registered environmental body which distributes funds generated through the landfill operations of Yorwaste.