Mick George Acquisition; Biffa’s Safety Again; London Green Points

Mick George Acquires Recycle Force Waste Business

Days after the launch of its new Commercial Waste service, Mick George has announced the acquisition of the trade waste division business of Recycle Force, which services around 500 businesses.

The acquisition includes five collection vehicles and 1600 bins, increasing the company’s bin count to over 2000 and commercial waste fleet to over 10 vehicles.

The acquisition also forms part of Mick George’s long-term strategic plan to provide the best possible local waste management service for businesses across Northamptonshire and Cambridgeshire.

Jon Stump, Finance Director of Mick George, said: “Existing Recycle Force customers can expect to receive the excellent Mick George level of service and support but with the added benefits that the Mick George network can offer.

“These include wheelie bin and Front End/Rear End Loader services, skip and RORO hire, waste bags, bespoke waste services and the guarantee that 100 percent of their commercial waste will be recycled and not directed to landfill.”


Biffa’s Safety Again Helps Wirral Hospice

Chris Clausen (centre in wheelchair) with Biffa staffThe safety-first attitude of Biffa’s bin men and street cleaners in the Wirral means the contractor has gone two years without a lost time incident, a feat which has triggered another impressive donation to Claire House Children’s Hospice.

Last week, Biffa staff from the Wirral depot presented a £2,400 cheque to Claire House corporate development manager Helen Carlson. She was accompanied by 15-year-old Chris Clausen and his mother Sandra.

This latest donation means that to date, Biffa has donated £10,000 to Claire House, the adopted charity of the Wirral depot.

Sandra commented: “Ever since Chris was young, he has always had a fascination with the bins and the bin lorries, so much so that when we go out, he is often on a ‘bin hunt’ which keeps us all occupied! On a Tuesday, we know we’re in for a restless night as Chris gets so excited about the collection on the Wednesday that we’re all kept awake!

“We really can’t thank everyone at Biffa enough for all their support and dedication. You have helped create moments that Chris will never forget. He really does feel part of your extended team so you can only imagine the heightened excitement in our house when Tuesday night comes around!”

Biffa business manager Gary Robinson said the ‘fantastic’ safety achievement by the Wirral team shows just what can be done with the correct training, knowledge and attitude. He added: “As well as making a dangerous job safer, our health and safety achievements result in cash rewards for the depot.

“We decided some years ago that we would donate that money to Claire House which does incredible work providing care, support and choice to families whose children won’t live to be adults. The Claire House staff need every penny they can get*, and they make every penny work really hard.”

The presentation was also attended by Cllr Bernie Mooney, Wirral Council Cabinet member for Environment and Sustainability, and Mike Cockburn, head of service for Waste and Environment for Wirral Borough Council.


Havering Residents Earn Swims At Local Leisure Centres For Reducing, Reusing And Recycling

LGP Hav Swims 160615Residents in Havering signed up to the London Green Points – Havering scheme will now be able to spend their Green Points earnt through reducing, reusing and recycling on swim vouchers – and more – that can be redeemed at their local leisure centres.

To mark the launch of swims for points, Councillor Robert Benham and Councillor Melvin Wallace, along with Graham Simmonds from Local Green Points visited the Everyone Active Leisure Centre in Hornchurch.

The London Green Points – Havering scheme, which launched in January 2014 and now has almost 25,000 members, enables residents to earn Green Points for their waste reduction and recycling efforts. Waste and recycling are measured across eight different communities in order to determine the number of Green Points to award to each household.

Residents then have the opportunity to spend their Green Points on over 1,000 sustainable products in the Green Rewards eShop, donate them to one of 10 local community projects in Havering or they can spend them on activities at Havering’s three local leisure centres.

An adult swim at one of the three Everyone Active leisure centres in Havering can be purchased for 1,520 Green Points with a child swim costing just 1,120 Green Points.

Residents will also be able to redeem 3,200 Green Points for a game of squash at one of the leisure centres – simply spend your Green Points in the scheme’s online reward shop and take your order confirmation along to one of the three Everyone Active leisure centres below. Residents are able to mix their points with cash if they haven’t got enough Green Points to cover the cost in full.


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