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Britain Tidy’s Cheshire Waste Reduction Volunteers scheme celebrated its
achievements at the prestigious Awards for Excellence in Waste & Recycling
on Thursday 14 May 2015 at The Landmark Hotel in London. The project was one of
four projects shortlisted for The Best Community Recycling Initiative, with the
award going to Blackpool Council’s Rover scheme – a mobile recycling unit.
We have managed the Cheshire Waste Reduction Volunteers (WRVs) scheme
in partnership with Cheshire West & Chester Council and Cheshire East
Council since April 2010. The WRVs (pronounced ‘wervs’) are a group of Cheshire
residents who encourage others to waste less at home by promoting home
composting and Love
Food Hate Waste messages. The WRVs are an active and social
team who run roadshows at fairs and markets and give talks and workshops to
community groups to encourage waste reduction.
in its sixth year, the scheme boasts an ever-expanding team of volunteers –
there are currently around 50 active WRVs from a wide range of backgrounds,
from students to professionals to retirees, and the project team welcome new
members at regular training sessions.
the first five years of the project a total of 105 volunteers have been
trained. The WRVs have attended 530 events across Cheshire and have donated
over 3,800 hours of their time attending these events. Most impressively, they
have engaged with over 29,000 residents about home composting and Love Food Hate Waste.
are also positive outcomes for the volunteers themselves from taking part in
the scheme. Becoming a WRV is a great opportunity to meet new people from
across Cheshire, to learn valuable skills in presenting, public speaking and
community engagement, and to make a positive contribution to the environment
and the local community.
Mills, Project Manager for Keep Britain Tidy said: “We’re delighted to be
shortlisted for the Awards of Excellence. We’d like to thank all the volunteers
for devoting their time, energy and enthusiasm to helping others across
Cheshire to waste less at home.”
you’re a Cheshire resident who is interested in becoming a Waste Reduction
Volunteer please contact Lynne Humphries, Project Coordinator on 01270 686 094 or
Britain Tidy also runs a similar waste reduction volunteer scheme across Surrey
in partnership with Surrey County Council. For more information about the
Surrey Green Network visit http://www.recycleforsurrey.org.uk/surrey-green-network
Keep Britain Tidy is a registered Charity No. 1071737. Registered as a Company limited by guarantee in England & Wales No. 3496361. Registered office at Elizabeth House, The Pier, Wigan, WN3 4EX.
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