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RN RECYCLING UPSIDE DOWN
SKIP-COPS TURN RECYCLING UPSIDE DOWN
A company-wide bin-ban has helped rubbish
recycling ignorance as one of Manchester’s leading
home furnishing stores sets the pace on green issues.
pace with
A team of skip-cops has been enforcing and encouraging
which the team is
recycling after Housing Units in Failsworth, Manchester,
embracing recycling has gathered
set up a working party 18 months ago to address the
momentum so that just about everybody now
issue at its multi-store retail park and distribution centre
sees the importance.
- and management have been knocked sideways by the
results.
“Our security team has a 'skip-cop' detail who have been
trained to recognise what's rubbish and what's not, and if
“In 2007 we were recycling nothing. In autumn 2008 we
the wrong materials are found in the wrong bins then they
were sending 80% of our waste and rubbish to landfill,
put them in the right place and endeavour to investigate
but right now we're sending 80% for recycling - we're
where the system has gone wrong.
frankly amazed at what the team has achieved, but it has
also been a massive measure of how the country's attitude
“We’re not perfect yet, but the more we do the more we
to recycling is changing,” said Nick Fox of Housing Units.
learn about what else we can do - it's fascinating and it's
rewarding, and if every business did the same then there
“When we started the project in early 2008 it was surpris-
really is a difference to be made.
ingly difficult to find out how to turn a business green and
develop recycling programmes - but there's now masses
“Some of the rubbish we produce has a value, so we can
of help and advice on how to achieve some amazing
actually sell it, which, of course, makes a small contribution
recycling figures.
towards keeping overheads down, as does the fact that
we have fewer, smaller, skips for rubbish.”
“It was tough to get everybody engaged at first, but the
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