Recently, as part of its ‘Power to Do More’ campaign, Valpak teamed up with Glasgow City council to promote reuse of small electrical items at Shieldhall Recycling Centre and to support local charity, Starter Packs Glasgow.
The event took place over a weekend in October with Valpak representatives on site to engage with the public and promote segregation of the small WEEE items that could be reused.The donations of small mixed electricals were collated ready to be sent for testing at event partners CCL/Restructa.
Valpak Commercial Account Manager, Paul McCaig said “This is a fantastic joint event aimed to reduce the unnecessary waste of electrical items, whilst providing support for the incredible work undertaken by Starter Packs Glasgow. Furthermore, Valpak is also donating £1 for every item donated during the reuse event, to further assist our charity partner Starter Packs - over 100 items were donated over the weekend”.
Upon completion of testing, CCL/Restructa will deliver the donated items to Starter Packs Glasgow.Brian McMahon of Restructa said “CCL/Restructa we're proud to offer support to showcase how reuse derived from WEEE can have a positive impact in supporting individuals and families across the Greater Glasgow area. It is important that we all do our bit for the circular economy and promote reuse where possible”.
Gavin Dunbar of Starter Packs Glasgow commented “We have been a re-use organisation in Glasgow for over 21 years, as well as trying to tackle poverty. The help of Valpak and CCL in assisting us bringing more items to re-use and avoiding landfill whilst supporting people moving on from homelessness is very much appreciated and is helping us make a huge difference to individuals and families across the city”.And David McCulloch (Group Manager Waste Management) at Glasgow City Council said “There was a great response to our joint event with Valpak and their contractors. Not only did the event help to minimise the production of waste and maximise the longevity of the materials left by members of the public, but it has also provided welcome support for a local Glasgow charity and their clients.
Waste electrical goods are a growing waste stream and managing them more sustainably, via collection for repair and re-use, will contribute to implementing the Council’s Resource and Recycling Strategy 2020-30. The strategy is focused on helping Glasgow become a greener city, assisting in the creation of a circular economy and helping to tackle the climate emergency.
We very much look forward to hosting further events with Valpak at our household waste recycling centres in the future”.