To consider any communications to be submitted by the Mayor or the Chief Executive.
Materials Recycling World - National Recycling Awards
The Chief Executive was delighted to inform Members that the Council had been winners in the MRW National Recycling Awards. This was a fantastic achievement for Barnsley and involved a private/public partnership arrangement. This demonstrated once again how good the Authority was in getting achievement and success out of its partnership working arrangements and also highlighted the importance of recycling to the Council and to its residents
Councillor Miller (Cabinet Spokesperson for Place) reported that the Environment and Transport Commercial Support Services in partnership with FCC environment and Cycle Penistone were rescuing bikes that were otherwise destined for scrap. They were refurbishing them so that they could be re-used through the sale or hire at an affordable price. This enabled a wider demographic to enjoy the benefits of cycling.
The project turned waste into employment, health and visitor opportunities; with positions created at FCC and Cycle Penistone with bikes for sale or hire at Penistone and Elsecar.
The Rescued and Reused Bikes project had achieved:
· Gold in the IESE Awards fro Transformation in Environmental Services
· Highly Commended at the LGC Awards for Partnership Working
· Finalist in the Lets Recycle Awards for Excellence in Partnership Working
· Winners in the MRW National Recycling Awards for Public/Private Partnership Working
The judges at the MRW National Recycling Awards had said that the scheme won ‘for its use of second hand products that lead to a rise in social interaction and shoed health benefits’.
Councillor Miller asked to Council to appreciate the hard work undertaken in both Penistone and Elsecar in achieving this award.
The Mayor and Members of the Council expressed their congratulations to all concerned on this achievement in the usual manner.