Fife Organisation Joins Three-Way Race for Top Recycling Award

Fife Organisation Joins Three-Way Race for Top Recycling Award

A Fife organisation aimed at helping reduce waste will do battle on March 10, 2009 to take home a prestigious Community Recycling Network for Scotland (CRNS) award for their efforts in reducing landfill and creating jobs.

Recycle Fife has been shortlisted in the CRNS 4th Annual Awards in the ‘Member of the Year’ category for their operation, which diverts 750 tonnes each year from landfill and creates jobs.

Based in Lochgelly, Recycle Fife has established itself as a leading recycler in the commercial and social enterprise sectors. The organisation has around 1120 customers servicing commercial, community and household premises. It also operates a kerbside collection around the region for cans, plastic bottles and office paper and is soon to include glass and textiles.

Chief Executive for Recycle Fife, Jackie Dunsmuir explains: “Our objective is to offer sustainable recycling solutions in partnership with other social enterprises, housing associations, businessess and local employment support agencies and to raise awareness of the benefit for local communities.

“2008 was a very successful year; we created an additional 21 jobs, bringing the total to 51 fulltime posts, 80% of which were from New Deal placement or previous Project Scotland Volunteers. We also relocated to bigger custom built premises which has led to us increasing our contract with Fife Council for processing cans and plastic bottles from every public bring site in the Kingdom.

“We will continue to establish links with businesses and be actively involved in strategic partnerships to increase the volume and range of products collected and recycled to secure our long term financial sustainability.

“We are very pleased to have reached the shortlist for the awards; it is great news for Recycle Fife and the local community.”

An expert panel of key stakeholders in the Scottish recycling scene and award sponsor representatives selected the shortlist for each category. The winners will be announced at More Than Recycling 09, CRNS Annual Conference on Tuesday, 10th March, 2009 at Perth Concert Hall.

Nine organisations have been nominated to receive one of three awards in the following categories:

o CRNS Member of the Year

o Innovation Award

o Local Authority Partnership

The CRNS 4th Annual Conference and Awards will be the largest gathering of people committed to maximising the potential of the community recycling sector.  Keynote speakers include Dr Laila Iskander, MD of Community and Institutional Development in Egypt  and recipient of the Social Entrepreneur of the Year and Professor Jan Bebbington, Director of the Sustainability Institute at St Andrews University and a member of the Scottish Government’s Zero Waste Think Tank.

CRNS said: 

Community recycling is a grassroots movement undertaken by a wide array of organisations to deliver social, economic and environmental benefits for their local communities. The scale and delivery of projects can vary, from those led by large social enterprises and third sector organisations to smaller, less formalised projects led by local volunteers.

CRNS is a membership organisation for community recyclers in Scotland, providing information and support to existing and emerging projects. It exists to build a stronger community recycling sector in Scotland which can create real social, environmental and economic benefit within our local communities.