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bpi.recycled products demonstrates community commitment

Published 6th May, 2011 by Neil Nixon

bpi.recycled products demonstrates community commitment

bpi.recycled products, which produces high performance refuse sacks, is playing an active role in a Communities First project. Communities First is a Welsh Assembly Government flagship programme aimed at improving the living conditions and prospects of people in the most disadvantaged communities across Wales. Over a 10 year period, it aims to coordinate support, funding and a range of initiatives in order to deliver lasting and positive results.

bpi.recycled products’ efforts have been spearheaded by its Rhymney, South Wales site. Working as part of the Rhymney First Communities Partnership, it has taken part in a number of activities, many of them targeting local school children.

Specifically, staff have taken time out to talk to pupils about the benefits and importance of recycling. The Rhymney site produces many of its products from recycled waste polythene, recycling over 11,000 tonnes of waste each year and contributing to bpi.recycled products’ position as the largest recycler of waste polythene in Europe.

The business has also run a series of school competitions. One asked local pupils to design a logo which will feature on a sign outside the Rhymney factory, whilst a second set schools the challenge of being the first to collect a tonne of waste polythene for recycling. Both competitions will see bpi.recycled products giving away items from its Plaswood range of recycled plastic furniture for use in the winning schools playgrounds.

Steve Harris, manager of the Rhymney factory, said: “We’re proud to be playing a part in the Rhymney First Communities Partnership. It’s a fantastic project which gives us the opportunity to create closer links with the local community and also to explain the importance of recycling to future generations.”

Richard Beasley, the Communities First coordinator for the Rhymney Partnership, added: “The partnership project between the local community and bpi.recycled products has been excellent. The business has shown great support for various activities over the past 12 months and we hope that this will continue for years to come. The environmental impact of waste is a huge problem and educating young people and the community at large in reusing and recycling waste is a small step towards improving the future for us all.”