Woolacombe shop picks up recycling champion status

Woolacombe shop recycling

Posted on: 26 February 2015

A shop in Woolacombe has been recognised for its commitment to recycling and for encouraging its shoppers to also think green.

The Londis store on West Road has been presented with a Recycle Devon Thank You Award. It’s after the store was nominated for its carrier bag reuse and recycling policy, which includes its commitment to recycle its own packaging where possible. As a result, the store was announced as runner-up in the Small Business Champion category.

Steve and Karen Woodman from Londis were presented with their award, after they were unable to make last month’s ceremony.

North Devon Council’s Executive Member for Environment, Cllr Rodney Cann, made the presentation. He says: “These awards are a great way to celebrate the hard work and achievements of super recyclers across Devon. In particular, Steve and Karen are great champions of recycling, putting their own rubbish, such as plastic yoghurt trays, to good reuse, as well as asking customers to reuse their own bags or bring them back to the shop. So they not only encourage their customers to think green, but also set an example for other small businesses to follow.”

 “By recycling in this way, it just shows that you care – shows the customers that you care. A lot of our customers now come in with their old bags, cutting down on potential waste that might end up on the beach. Added to the plastics and cardboard that we recycle, it’s all rubbish that would otherwise end up in landfill.” Steve Woodman, Londis

“I’m delighted that the staff here at Londis have been recognised in this way. It sends out a clear message how small businesses can make a big difference and I hope others will now follow in their recycling footsteps.” Local Devon County Councillor, Andrea Davis

Devon County Council’s Principal Waste Manager, Annette Dentith, says: “There are so many businesses, schools and communities that are busy working to reduce, reuse and recycle. Therefore, these awards are about thanking those unsung recycling heroes. This is the third year that the awards have been held and every year, we get some great nominations. I hope that the winners feel proud of themselves and that their customers and communities continue to support them and follow their lead.”

The Londis store is now looking to expand on its recycling initiatives. Karen Woodman adds: “We have also just started battery recycling, so that our customers can bring their old batteries in. We’re also hoping to get a collection point with a battery tester on top, so that you can check them before you put them in.  Every little helps and together, it can make a big difference.”

The official award ceremony took place at County Hall in Exeter on 30 January. Among the other winners on the night was Killacleave Recycling Centre in Ilfracombe, which was named as best recycling centre site in Devon.

The Recycle Devon Thank You Awards are run by the Devon Authorities Recycling Partnership, which includes North Devon Council. For more information about the partnership and how you can get the best out of recycling in the county, go to the website www.recycledevon.org.

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