26 November 2018 by Joshua Doherty

News in brief (26/11/2018)

With news on: Newport HWRC shop records best month; Coral Products picks up business award; Gaskells steps up homelessness campaign; and, Tesco and WWF partner on ‘sustainability’

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Newport HWRC shop records best month

The re-use shop located at the Household Waste Recycling Centre in Newport, Wales, has recorded its best ever month in terms of diversion from landfill.

According to WasteSavers, which runs the shop, the ‘Tip Shop’ recorded 9,683 individual items passing through last month, weighing 21.3 tonnes, which would have otherwise been landfilled.

Members of staff at the shop in Newport

Since April this year the Tip Shop says it has diverted 50,212 items weighing more than 140 tonnes from landfill.

Philip Davis, retail manager at the Tip Shop, said: “We’ve seen an amazing growth rate, but it’s not just about the tonnages. It’s just as much about the work of the volunteers. I’m always amazed to see how our volunteers transform when they’ve been here a while”.

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Coral Products picks up business award

Coral Products (Mouldings) LTD have won the Pride of St Helens Business Award, for Excellence in Manufacturing.

Staff at Coral Products picking up their award

The award to the company, which is a supplier of recycling boxes and food waste bins to local authorities, comes soon after it ordered a plastic recycling unit to be installed at its Haydock facility in Merseyside.

The award was announced earlier this month in St Helens, where a range of local businesses were nominated for their achievements.

Em Varney-Long, marketing manager at the company, said: “Our staff are very proud of this achievement and we are all looking forward to how our in house recycling plant helps our business and others improve their environmental impact.”

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Gaskells steps up homelessness campaign

Gaskells Waste Services teamed up with a homeless charity in Liverpool earlier this month to assess how its work with a local homeless charity is progressing.

Gaskells Waste Services launched its awareness campaign last year

In November 2017, Gaskells began a campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of sleeping bins by joining up with homeless charity, the Whitechapel Centre, and putting stickers on bins with contact details for helplines.

As part of this, Gaskells says it supports the charity financially and through raising awareness.

Earlier this month, crews for Gaskells were joined by one of the outreach workers from the charity and said they saw far fewer homeless people on the round, which the company said shows that more people are using the services of the Whitechapel Centre.

Denise Banks, commercial director at the company, added: “This is a very real danger, so all our large Front End Loader containers and some of our larger bins have stickers on warning of the dangers, and also contact details for The Whitechapel Centre,” she said

Ms Banks added: “Our drivers and loaders are all trained to check no one is in our containers before they’re lifted, but we feel a bit more awareness can’t hurt.”

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Tesco and WWF partner on ‘sustainability’

Tesco and WWF announced a partnership earlier this month, with the aim of “reducing the environmental impact of the average UK shopping basket by 50%”.

In order to do this, the pair said they will work with farmers, suppliers and colleagues to work towards “eliminating food and packaging waste in the sector.”

Tesco joined the partnership hoping to ‘eliminate packaging waste’

The two also carried out joint-research which found that 80% of customers want supermarkets to ensure products are more “sustainable”. The partnership will last for four years.

Dave Lewis, CEO of the Tesco Group, said: “Our shared ambition is to reduce the environmental impact of the average shopping basket by half. By working with farmers, suppliers, colleagues and other experts we hope to develop innovative solutions so shoppers can put affordable, tasty food on their plates today, confident they are not compromising the future of food for generations to come.”

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