News in brief (13/06/22)

With news on: Lincolnshire extends ‘amnesty’ for medical equipment; Arsenal players star in drinks recycling campaign; Valpak becomes Coventry House Project partner; and, Wigan and FCC ‘saddle up’ for recycling project

Lincolnshire extends ‘amnesty’ for medical equipment

Medical equipment such as cruches perching stools, bed sticks and commodes can be donated

Lincolnshire county council has extended its ‘collection amnesty’ for people who want to return medical equipment to household waste and recycling centres (HWRCs) across the country.

Under a “successful pilot scheme” at the Lincoln facility, small equipment supplied by council or NHS health providers can be dropped off at dedicated containers.

This is now being extended across all facilities.

Councillor Wendy Bowkett, executive councillor for adult care and public health, said: “The pandemic has meant there is a shortage of equipment such as perching stools, bed sticks and commodes, as well as smaller items like crutches or rollators.

“Returning unwanted equipment is easy. Any small equipment supplied by your local council or NHS can be dropped off at dedicated containers available at the HWRCs listed. By working together, we can help those patients who need it most, reduce the NHS carbon footprint and work more cost effectively.”

Arsenal players star in drinks recycling campaign

Three players from Arsenal Football Club featured in a social media video launched by aluminium packaging company Ball Corporation to promote recycling.

(l-r) Rob Holding, Takehiro Tomiyasu and Nuno Tavares

Defensive trio Rob Holding, Takehiro Tomiyasu and Nuno Tavares battled it out in a three-part trick shot challenge held at the club’s London Colney training ground.

The series celebrates Arsenal’s partnership with Ball Corporation, “the world’s leading provider of infinitely recyclable aluminium packaging”.

In the videos, top football freestyle influencer, Harriet Pavlou, asks the Arsenal stars to answer multiple choice recycling-based questions.

The winning Premier League player then gets the opportunity to be the first to attempt a series of can trick-shot challenges inside the Hertfordshire Arsenal Training Centre.

Michael Lloyd, sustainability and logistics manager at Arsenal said: “We are committed to using the power and reach of Arsenal to inspire our global communities and push each other towards a more sustainable future”.

Valpak becomes Coventry House Project partner

Valpak is supporting 16 and 17-year-old care leavers with work advice and donations to help them get started.

The national scheme is working with 380 young care leavers

The Coventry House Project, which launched in 2021, is one of 16 projects across England and Scotland that make up the wider National House Project. The national scheme is working with 380 young people and has helped 240 young people make the transition to living in wider society.

Valpak, as a corporate partner, has invited the young people into the Valpak offices to learn about work; they are given opportunities for work experience, and Valpak also bought House Project Sunrise hoodies and vouchers as Christmas presents.

Ben Richardson, director of procurement at Valpak, said: “We have found the young people are really engaged in the process. They have to apply to be part of the Coventry House Project and this first cohort are a really tightknit group. It has been brilliant seeing how they develop, and the positive experiences they have been having.”

Wigan and FCC ‘saddle up’ for recycling project

Wigan council and FCC Environment have teamed up to recycle bikes that are brought into HWRCS “and get them back into the community”.

The Wigan Cycle Project has been set up to reduce the waste and emissions involved in the manufacture of cycles and in the recycling process.

They aim to put recycled bikes back on the street, or use the parts if the condition of the bike is too poor, along with accepting donations of bikes from the public to get them to a new owner.

Mark Harrison of The Wigan Cycle Project said: “Along with reducing waste we also aim to get people cycling and are actively encouraging people to cycle to work (and wear a helmet, which we are giving away with a bike).

“We hope to generate an income by building specialist trikes and bikes for businesses to promote their products.”

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