14 November 2017 by Elizabeth Slow

Charity news round-up

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.


Viridor team and charity representatives at Beddington

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.

(l-r) Marcus Sanders, group marketing director WCRS and Friederike Walter, digital media and events manager PARC (Essex)

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.


One of the Yorwaste supported projects

Yorventure is a registered environmental body which distributes funds generated through the landfill operations of Yorwaste.

Examples of just a few schemes to receive grants, which ranged from £600 to £39,191 were: Strensall Play Area, York; Scruton Station Service Platform, near Northallerton; Scarborough Gymnastics Academy; St James Close Play Park, Melsonby, near Richmond; Ryther Village Hall, near Selby; Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall, near Thirsk.

Yorwaste said applications for Yorventure funding are now closed, as the company replaces its landfill operations with more sustainable waste management methods. The remaining awards from the July 2017 round of applications will be announced over the next six months.

Camden charities bag £5,000 via Local Green Points

Five Camden charities have received a total of £5,000 from Camden Council’s recycling rewards scheme.

The scheme – which rewards Camden residents for recycling and encourages them to recycle more – has been running for a year and is managed by Local Green Points. Every six months, a pot of £5,000 is divided between five Camden charities. Scheme members vote for the charity they want to win the ‘green points’ they earn by recycling. This is the second time this year that £5,000 has been divided between the charities.

The Mayor, Richard Cotton, with charity representatives

Mayor of Camden, Councillor Richard Cotton, who presented the cheques said: “I am delighted that Camden residents are able to support local charities by recycling more.”
Five new charities, nominated by Camden residents, will benefit from two further pots of £5,000 over the next year.

Councillor Adam Harrison, Cabinet Member for Improving Camden’s Environment, said: “This scheme is a fantastic way to support our local community organisations and do something good for the borough. Residents who recycle are doing so much for our local environment and through their donations are supporting the local community as well. A huge thank you to Camden residents who recycle and take part in the scheme. I hope that many more will join up.”

In addition to supporting charities, the scheme offers residents offers in Camden businesses and each month, a £30 voucher is given to the top recycler in each of the five Camden communities.

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