Get recycling to support your local fire fightersPosted
Would you like to support your local fire fighters and help save the environment? Do you have unwanted clothes or textiles cluttering up your home? Then visit your fire station to get recycling!
North Wales Fire and Rescue Service has signed up for The Fire Fighters Charity Recycling Scheme - a national initiative where clothes banks are placed outside fire stations across the UK.
The Fire Fighters Charity are the UK's leading provider of services that enhance quality of life for serving and retired fire fighters, fire personnel and their families. Their vision is to make a positive difference by supporting people in the fire and rescue community when they are in need. Over the years, they have helped hundreds of thousands of individuals by providing world-class treatment and support services.
Stations in Abersoch, Amlwch, Barmouth, Caernarfon, Llanberis, Llandudno, Pwllheli and Rhosneigr are all taking part in the pilot and have the charity clothing banks located outside their buildings.
Philip Morris, Environmental and Energy Conservation Engineer for North Wales Fire and Rescue Service and North Wales Police, explains:
"Britain produces around 650,000 tonnes of textile waste a year, and textiles make up 12% of landfill sites. Sadly, only a quarter of this is recycled.
"This scheme sees textile items, donated by members of the community, being recycled, with wearable items being sent to developing countries and unsuitable items being recycled for the rag trade.
"The items are collected by the charity's recycling partners, who pay the charity a fee for the textiles received. Supporting the recycling scheme not only raises funds for injured fire fighters but also has a positive environmental and economic impact."
Paul Claydon, Assistant Chief Fire Officer for North Wales Fire and Rescue Service added:
"Across the UK, over £200,000 is raised every year for The Fire Fighters Charity through this recycling scheme. We're hoping to boost this figure further with the new clothing banks we're placing outside these stations in North Wales.
"Currently we are running this as a pilot project at eight stations - but if it's successful we'd like to run it out to more stations across the region.
"My appeal to our residents is to use these clothing banks to get rid of unwanted clothes and textiles and help protect our environment as well as supporting The Firefighters Charity in the amazing work that they do."
The locations of the fire stations are as follows:
Abersoch - Lon Sarn Bach, Abersoch, Gwynedd, LL53 7EH
Amlwch - Bethesda Street, Amlwch, Anglesey, LL68 9AU
Barmouth - Park Road, Barmouth, Gwynedd, LL42 1PH
Caernarfon - Llanberis Road, Caernarfon, Gwynedd, LL55 2DF.
Llanberis - Maes Padarn, Llanberis, Gwynedd, LL55 4TB
Llandudno - Conwy Road, Llandudno, Conwy, LL30 1HA
Pwllheli - Lower Cardiff Road, Pwllheli, Gwynedd, LL53 2NF
Rhosneigr - Station Road, Rhosneigr, Anglesey, LL64 5QW