Award for recycling initiative

CONGRATULATIONS: Cllr McKeown (third left, back row) shows off the Community Partnership trophy, accompanied by council, Nestle Waters and Recoup officials. Photo contributed.
CONGRATULATIONS: Cllr McKeown (third left, back row) shows off the Community Partnership trophy, accompanied by council, Nestle Waters and Recoup officials. Photo contributed.

A LOCAL authority has been honoured for its involvement in a pioneering partnership that has increased recycling in Buxton.

In July 2010, High Peak Borough Council joined forces with Nestle Waters UK and Recycling of Used Plastics Ltd (Recoup) to unveil 21 recycling stations in and around busy locations including Spring Gardens, Buxton Opera House and Fairfield Community Centre. Each station has sections for general waste, cans and plastic bottles.

In the eight months to last March, the stations collected a staggering 1,440 kilograms of recyclable materials.

And, before Christmas, the Recycling on the Go scheme was commended by the Food and Services Federation at its Community Partnership Awards for 2011.

Buoyed up by the project’s success, the partners are to establish 15 further stations this year.

The recyclables are collected by the council’s clean team and stored at the Waterswallows civic amenity site. From here, they are collected by Peak Waste and taken to its Kniverton depot, where the rubbish is weighed and sorted.

Paulo Sangiorgi, managing director of Nestle Waters UK, said: “As an organisation that takes its environmental responsibilities very seriously, we wanted to give our consumers new opportunities to recycle – and Buxton was the natural place to start as it’s the home of our factory and our Buxton Water brand.”

Cllr Anthony McKeown, High Peak’s executive councillor for community services, said improvements to the authority’s kerbside recycling service had seen the borough’s recycling rate double in three years, from 18.66 per cent in 2007/08 to 42 per cent in 2010/11.

He added: “Now, we’re looking at options to expand the service even further this year by introducing the collection of plastics for recycling. Therefore, it goes without saying that we’re delighted to be working with Nestle Waters and Recoup on the Recycle on the Go scheme.”