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Looking back at LARAC

21 Oct 2015 10:21

Following the conclusion of another excellent conference and Celebration Awards event, FCC Environment has offered its thanks to all those that attended and called for an increased focus on reuse to drive environmental, social and economic benefits.

Paul Taylor, CEO, FCC Environment, said: “I would like to thank all those who spent time with us at LARAC 2015.

“FCC Environment was delighted to be the headline sponsor at an event which continues to provide opportunities for local authorities and their waste management partners to network, share best practice and learn from each other as well as rewarding success.”

“I was also particularly pleased to be able to highlight the benefits and achievements of our reuse partnerships with local authorities and charities.”

In recent years, reuse has become a significant driver in the resource management strategy for FCC Environment. Alongside the economic benefits, reuse dramatically reduces the use of raw materials necessary to manufacture new products which in turn significantly reduces CO2e emissions. (In 2012, 1.5m tonnes of CO2e were saved by reuse in the UK.)

Put simply, reuse is a win-win situation: items that would otherwise end up in landfill are salvaged for reuse and local residents can buy some great goods at great prices while the charity running a reuse shop is able to generate much needed income.

Paul continued: “FCC Environment led the way in 2012 by helping Buckinghamshire County Council to become one of the first local authorities to deliver its reuse service through a local charity. Items fit for re-use are salvaged from the household waste recycling centres (HWRCs) which are managed on behalf of the council and then sold on through the South Bucks Hospice shops located at the High Wycombe and Aston Clinton HWRCs. The income is then recycled to help fund the running costs of the Buckinghamshire hospice.”

In 2014, FCC Environment opened two more charity reuse shops at Staffordshire County Council’s HWRC in Cannock and at Warwickshire County Council’s Judkins HWRC in Nuneaton. A third was opened in in the East Riding of Yorkshire in July 2015, in partnership with Hull City Council and East Riding of Yorkshire Council. FCC Environment invested £400,000 in the shop which has also created nine jobs in the local area.

Paul added: ”The shift from disposing unwanted goods as waste to treating them as a valuable resource is one of the great cultural changes of recent years and now is the time to take the next step and realise the scale of the economic, social and environmental opportunity that reuse presents.

“I am excited about the opportunities the future holds for new reuse partnerships and I look forward to working with many more local authority and charity partners in the year ahead.”

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