Central Bedfordshire Council PR 1429 13/03/2013
Recycling the past, taking care of the future
For the last nine months Central Bedfordshire Council have been working with local company MASV Ltd to recycle unwanted electrical items at the same time as providing a valuable work experience program.
Working in partnership with the council MASV Ltd refurbish used electrical items left at the councils’ four Household Waste Recycling Centres managed on the council’s behalf by Viridor Waste Management Ltd.
MASV Ltd, who launched in 2012, have re-used more than 10 tonnes of electrical waste - or the equivalent of five recycling centre containers - since the project began with the council. This includes:
* 800 vacuum cleaners re-used
* the refurbishment and re-use of over 5 tonnes of Hi-Fi equipment
* around 200 SKY boxes re-used in the last three months alone
All profits are ploughed back into the project which invests in the local community through their work experience program. Damion Miller, the Founder of MASV Ltd said: “By mentoring our staff we aim to encourage, empower and equip them with the necessary skills for long-term employment, create sustainable and healthy lifestyle patterns within their day to day experience as well as making positive impacts on the environment.”
Councillor Brian Spurr, Executive Member for Sustainable Communities, said: “We are delighted to support this fantastic scheme. Old electrical items are refurbished and re-used rather than thrown away and staff gain essential experience to help get them back in to the workplace.”
Remember to take all your waste electrical items to your nearest Household Waste Recycling Centre so they can be re-used or recycled. There are four in Central Bedfordshire: Ampthill, Biggleswade, Dunstable and Leighton Buzzard. For more information on these sites visit www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/recycling