Free glass recycling for Wellingborough town centre firms

BID manager John Cable, Paul Malonie from Palm Beach and Marcus Baldry of Think3e
BID manager John Cable, Paul Malonie from Palm Beach and Marcus Baldry of Think3e

A free glass recycling scheme is being rolled out across Wellingborough town centre to give businesses a helping hand.

It is predicted the green initiative launched by the Wellingborough Business Improvement District (BID), a team working towards more town centre trade, will see more than 60 tonnes of bottles recycled a year.

Each participating trader is set to benefit by at least £520 annually in reduced waste costs thanks to the service, which is run by Wellingborough social enterprise Think 3e Consortium.

The BID commissioned the weekly glass collections on the back of a successful cardboard and aluminium recycling scheme, which was introduced in 2011 and is also continuing.

Palm Beach nightclub, in Commercial Way in the town, is going to be saving more than £1,000 a year.

Paul Malonie, events manager at the club, said: “We go through a lot of bottles so this is a godsend for us.

“We are very appreciative of the support.”

BID manager John Cable said: “We identified that our entertainment businesses were producing a lot of glass waste and there was a need for a glass recycling scheme.

“This represents a money saver for hard-pressed businesses and brings further green credentials to the town centre – a winner for our traders and the environment.”

None of the waste recycled goes to landfill, 100 per cent gets recycled.

Businesses which have not yet taken up the offer can contact Think3e and are allowed more than one recycling bin.

Think3e managing director Marcus Baldry said: “We are pleased to be able to offer Wellingborough businesses a local waste collection, which we have estimated will collect in excess of five tonnes a month.”

As part of a busy calendar of events aimed at improving the economic prospects of the town, the BID is staging a medieval festival in Wellingborough on July 27 and 28, and will also be unveiling a beach in the town centre over two weeks and three weekends during August.

To take part in the recycling scheme call Think3e on 0300 111 2223.