News in brief (12/06/2024)

With news on: Suez volunteers at Tour de Manc; CIWM appoints junior vice president; Café partners with Keenan Recycling; and, Winner of Biffa competition announced.

Suez volunteers at Tour de Manc

Suez Volunteers at Manchester Foundation Trust Charity

Suez volunteers at the Greater Manchester Renew Hub partnered with the Manchester Foundation Trust Charity to run a pit stop at the Tour de Manc.

The charity said that efforts from the Suez team efforts helped it look after its supporters and encourage them to fundraise. This enabled the Manchester Foundation Trust Charity to boost its overall income raised from the event.

Michael Chick, communications and partnerships manager at Suez, said: “It was great to meet new people, step away from our normal roles, and support a worthwhile cause.”

CIWM appoints junior vice president

Vicki Hughes

The CIWM has appointed Vicki Hughes as its new junior vice president.

Ms Hughes has been a trustee and fellow of CIWM since joining the Board in 2019. She has over 35 years of experience in sales, marketing and business development, and has spent nearly two decades leading the wood recycling industry in the UK, holding senior positions at Hadfield Wood Recyclers and Enva.

Additionally, Ms Hughes serves as a board member and Technical Lead at the Wood Recyclers Association (WRA).

She said: “I’m thrilled and very grateful to have been elected to this role and can’t wait to start working as part of the presidential team. I am particularly looking forward to championing two key initiatives which I focused on during the election process. The first of these is creating additional value to current CIWM members through improved communication and signposting of the services and support available to them.

“Secondly, I am keen to showcase the amazing and diverse career opportunities that exist in our sector to a far wider and more diverse audience. Both initiatives will, I believe, add value for members and ultimately the whole sector by improving individual knowledge and engagement.”

Café partners with Keenan Recycling

Grace Tea Room

Ellesmere Port café, Grace Tea Room, has partnered with Keenan Recycling.

The café has achieved Plastic Free Champion status and has said it prioritises local sourcing and caters to all dietary needs.

Lizzie, co-owner of Grace Tea Room, said: “Sustainability is incredibly important to us, and Keenan’s innovative circular economy model for food waste recycling perfectly aligns with our goals.

“Knowing that our waste is recycled and potentially even used to power businesses like ours is fantastic.”

Winner of Biffa competition announced

Paul Brookhouse and Chandra Morbey

Derby Furniture Alliance, part of Derby Food 4 Thought Alliance was announced as the winner of Biffa’s national Change Makers competition, which celebrates organisations working to reduce its impact on the environment.

Derby Furniture Alliance, founded by Paul Brookhouse and Chandra Morbey, has been awarded £10,000 in prize money to invest in their project. In addition, they will receive customised business support from Biffa.

Martyn Mathias, Biffa’s regional depot manager, said: “We received over 150 inspiring entries from entrepreneurs working to reduce waste for the benefit of their community and the environment.

“Derby Furniture Alliance is the absolute epitome of that, and we’re really excited at the prospect of working with them to support their big plans for the future.”

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