Community group wins award for recycling initiative

Community Resources Devon has been awarded a national recycling award in recognition of its work with drinks can recycling programme Every Can Counts.

The group, which was set up in 2005, helps provide opportunities for adults with learning disabilities in the community, turned its attention to the responsible disposal of empty drinks cans as another way to teach respect for the environment.

Since beginning work to encourage recycling with Every Can Counts back in 2008, the group has expanded its collections to over 100 businesses, two local shopping centres and increased the number of cans collected year on year. The recycling team actively seek out new can collection points by promoting drinks can recycling to the public within their local area by utilising the Every Can Counts leaflets and posters.

Every Can Counts has enabled the community group to venture into sites which normally would be off limits to them, such as Ministry of Defence (MOD) Chivenor. Collecting cans from this MOD site has enabled the Every Can Counts brand to expand to other Sodexo sites around the UK.

Paul Williams, Managing Director of Community Resources Devon, said:  “Winning a Green Can Award is an amazing achievement for the group. Every Can Counts has enabled our clients to increase the can collections sites in Devon, the promotional materials have been invaluable along with the collection boxes which are sited at shopping centres, MOD sites, local cafés and restaurants and beach fronts. I would definitely recommend similar groups to Community Resources Devon to become involved in the ‘Every Can Counts’ campaign.”

Kate Cole, Programme Manager for Every Can Counts, said: “Community Resources Devon has established a strong group of clients to collect cans from within their local catchment area. We hope that more businesses in the area will become inspired to work with the free to use Every Can Counts programme. Community Resources Devon deserve this award for their hard work and dedication they have shown since 2008.”