A week-long competition for employees, linked to the recycling week
theme of ‘Transform something day’, offers prizes, donated by John
Lewis, which include a selection of garden tools, a digital wind-up
radio and a set of six recycled glasses.
The John Lewis store in the
Queensgate Centre is supporting a company-wide ‘War on Waste’
initiative to reduce the impact of its activities on the
environment. “We are encouraging Partners to suggest new,
sustainable ways to deal with waste,” said David Key, maintenance
section manager at the Peterborough store.
“Another idea is to recycle the old
electrical appliances we take away from our customers’ homes when we
deliver their new one through schemes such as the city council’s
Electrical Appliance Recycling Plant.”
John Lewis will host displays from a
range of environment and recycling organisations in its staff dining
room throughout the week. These include the city council’s
environmental management and Travelchoice teams, the Energy Saving
Trust, Anglian Water, Compass Re-store and Compass SOFA, Real Nappy
Network and Re-made East.
Other companies also hosting
displays include: Tuesday – Diligenta (Pearl Assurance) at Lynch
wood; Wednesday – Perkins Engines; Thursday – Masterfoods/Mars at
Shrewsbury Avenue, Woodston; Friday – Royal and SunAlliance – Lynch
Wood; Monday 11 June – Acco UK at Bretton Way.
Councillor Graham Murphy, Cabinet
member for Environment and Community Safety, said: “Support such as
this from local employers can make a major difference to the city
council’s strategy to reduce the volume of householder waste being
buried in landfill sites. Following the ‘reduce, re-use, recycling’
advice also offers waste disposal cost savings for business.
“The city council is working hard to
increase household recycling rates from 43 per cent last year to
over 65 per cent in the future under a strategy designed to minimise
dependence on landfill as a waste disposal option. I am glad that
local firms are also making their own plans for similar reductions
in the commercial sector.”
For more information about Recycling
May 2007 -
Peterborough UK Community Website