RE3 Clean for the Queen

07 Mar 2016 09:12

Recycling centre staff and Lead Councillors from Bracknell Forest, Reading and Wokingham took part in the national Clean for the Queen initiative on Friday 4th March at Smallmead Recycling Centre, Reading.

The centre’s Materials Recycling Facility undergoes a weekly cleanse and maintenance check, and the Clean for the Queen litter pick extended the clean up into the surrounding area, a nature reserve close to the River Kennet.

With 900,000 visits a year to both the Reading and Bracknell recycling centres, it is incredibly important to keep both sites clean for visitors and staff.

Residents are encouraged to deposit their waste in the relevant bays so that it can be recycled more efficiently.

Recycling centre staff are always on hand to help answer any questions and point visitors in the right direction.

Bracknell Forest’s Executive Member for Environment, Cllr Mrs Dorothy Hayes MBE said: “It is incredibly important for all of us to take pride in our local environment – taking pride in that creates a much stronger sense of community and togetherness and that’s what Clean for the Queen is all about. I am very pleased with the take up to volunteer for Clean for the Queen in Bracknell Forest and the re3 area as a whole.”

Reading’s Lead Councillor for Neighbourhoods, Cllr Liz Terry said: “Clean for the Queen coincides with this spring’s Reading Rescue - where volunteers will be tidying up public spaces throughout the Borough – so it is great to see re3 staff take part and tackle the area around the recycling centre.

“We know that residents visit both recycling centres in their thousands, and we work hard to provide safe, clean and accessible facilities.”

Wokingham Borough Council’s Executive Member for Environment Cllr Angus Ross said:Whilst we do all we can to ensure a clean environment for visitors to Smallmead, we do want to spread the message to reduce the wanton throwing out of litter by vehicle drivers and walkers.  So, having the surrounds of Smallmead clear of litter sends out a good message.”

Adrian Clarke, General Manager for contractor FCC Environment said: “We were delighted to take part in the Clean for the Queen initiative.

“Ensuring our local environment is clean and tidy is a big part of the contribution re3 makes to the area and we hope residents will assist us in that mission by recycling proactively and disposing of waste responsibly.

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