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ReCycling Revolution to Relaunch as Social Enterprise

After six years as an independent business, ReCycling Revolution will be relaunching as a social enterprise with funding and support from Social Incubator North.

“We started out delivering homemade leaflets to a few houses back in August 2007” explained business founder and Meersbrook resident, Mark McCann. “There was no curb-side waste collection back then so we got 10 households signed up in the first week, and before long we had over one hundred. After curb-side collection came in we moved exclusively to businesses”.

ReCycling Revolution was soon providing collections and waste management services for outdoor events and community festivals as well as tailoring collections for an array of businesses including design studios, florists, architects, pubs, restaurants and cafes, and has recently started working with Notre Dame High School.

“We tend to work with smaller, forward thinking companies” continued Mark, who spent 12 years as a tour manager for various rock bands before coming up with a more ethical way to manage waste, collecting, bailing and transporting refuse to Sheffield Reclaim himself until

the recycling charity was devastated by a huge fire in July. “The fire was a real catalyst” he explained. “I’d been making plans, mulling things over and was suddenly forced to act. I’d been hoping to bring more people in, to expand and grow the business in an ethical way. Viridor let me in and Social Incubator North has been great - it’s been really helpful to have the support of someone you can talk to and ask for advice”.

“I’m very interested in the concept of localism and want to provide people who want to know where the waste goes with traceability and to be able to answer difficult questions when asked”.

“We don’t want to compete directly with larger corporate concerns, but want to set ourselves apart by offering something different and having social aims that will appeal to similarly- minded businesses who can use our partnership as part of their PR and deal with an essential, potentially expensive part of running a business in a more ethical way”.

Over sledged I took this in February 2012 towards the end of the sledging

season. The photo was colour but converting it to black and white really helped to bring out the contrasts. The hill in Meersbrook Park is the finest sledging hills I have come across. My house faces the park on the other side of the valley and when it has snowed I can hear the screams and shouts of sledgers, skiers and boarders late into the evening. It is one of my most favourite sounds. Here’s to another noisy season! Jawad Qasrawi

Singing Knives Records Present: Sublime Frequencies in North & West Africa

Exhilarating, hallucinatory, harrowing, ecstatic and surreal, Hisham Mayet’s films continue to provoke and amaze in equal measure.

Mayet will be premiering his brand new film, Vodoun Gods on the Slave Coast, featuring Voodoo ceremonies, and discussing Sublime Frequencies, a label he co-founded in 2003. Highlights will include stories of his experiences

from the last 10 years with the now legendary clutch of Saharan guitar groups he came upon in the region, as well as his encounters with possession ceremonies in the Sahel.

Wed 18th December, The Heeley Institute, 147 Gleadless Rd, Sheffield S2 3AF. Doors at 7.45, start at 8.15pm Tickets £5.50 (£4.50 concs) from (search for ‘Sheffield Sublime Frequencies’)

Personal Development Awards At St Wilf’s

Deputy Lord Mayor, Peter Rippon and long-time friend of St Wilfrid’s, ex England football international, Tony Currie recently presented the awards at St Wilfrid’s Centre. Twenty-three clients received certificates for achievements in classes ranging from computers to the arts.

It was a great atmosphere within the Centre and clients told of their appreciation for all that they have received at St Wilf’s. For many of them this was the first qualification they have received in their lives. The afternoon concluded with a disco which had the place rocking and again goes to show that ‘There’s only one St Wilfrid’s Centre!’. 0114 250 0613

Above: Tony Currie (centre, in red top) at the awards ceremony

Issue 59 December 2013 New Heeley Voice 3

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