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Motherwell waste company dive in to tackling ocean-plastic problem

Motherwell waste company dive in to tackling ocean-plastic problem

AS A recycling company based in Motherwell, Newtown Waste Solutions and Skip Hire are aware of their responsibilities regarding the environmental effects on the local area.

So to combat the growing issue of waste, and the detrimental concerns it is having on the planet’s lands and oceans, Newtown Waste Solutions are always continuing to plan and create strategies going forward.

Company directors Martin McLindon, Billy Neilson, and Michael Smith want to engage with our local community through employment opportunities and social responsibility projects.

Martin said: “We have been working with various campaigns over the last 11 years and raised over £100k where a number of charities have benefited.

“Now we want to take our social responsibilities further involving the local schools to help raise awareness of recycling and the importance of recycling in the modern day.”
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All three directors had a casual conversation over a cup of coffee and agreed that one of the biggest issues facing the recycling industry is the lack of options available for single-use plastics. As a result, Martin and his team decided there and then to engage with the local schools to ask them to come up with a new design that would be wrapped onto the company’s new unit and trailer.

Thankfully, Our Lady’s High School responded very positively and presented Newtown Waste Solutions with over 20 designs to consider.

Martin added: “The work and effort put in by the kids at Our Lady’s was outstanding. It was a very difficult choice in the end but we feel we made the right one and the design will certainly help raise awareness of plastics and the effects they can have on marine life.”

The school received a cheque which will go towards further art and design projects, while the pupils received gift vouchers as a reward for their efforts.

On the back of this project, the school has asked Newtown Waste Solutions to visit them to talk to pupils on the importance of recycling.

The North Lanarkshire-based company are planning on the children to visit the site in order to see first-hand how the company process and recycle all types of material coming through the gates.
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Martin added: “It really has been a terrific project and one we will definitely look to repeat.”

Additionally, Newtown Waste Solution’s current charity partner is Glasgow University-based Think Pink Scotland. Every pound raised goes directly towards research, new equipment and technology in the hope to increase new treatments for people suffering from breast cancer.

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