Wednesday, 16 December 2009

Toying with a new idea

Can your toys go in the bin?

There will soon be a new bank on the village hall car park and it will be one that will not be seen in many other recycling areas until it has been tested. BCR Global, the company with whom the Village Environment and Recycling Group (VERG) deals for the textiles collections, wants to experiment with toy collections along the same lines as textiles. Villagers are being invited to put toys still in good condition (or only slightly damaged) into the bank for collection, sorting and sending to third world countries.
On its website,, the company says that it sets out not only to find solutions to environmental problems in this country by reducing the quantities going into landfill but also helps build businesses in other countries to generate wealth. The textiles collections have certainly achieved both these objectives in a relatively short time, generating significant sums for Old Buckenham community projects at the same time. Most recently it was £360.28 for the senior citizens' Christmas party. It will be interesting to see if the expansion into toys will be as successful. If it works in Old Buckenham it will no doubt be rolled out elsewhere.
The toy collections will be weighed and VERG will receive recycling credits on the weights. For this financial year this figure is £44.90 per tonne. So, for all those unwanted toys after the Christmas receipt of new ones, look out for a new 5 foot by 4 foot by 3 foot receptacle in the village hall car park.

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