Recycling Lives Skips 2 It in Leyland

Recycling Lives will be hosting one of its well-known Skip2It events in Leyland this weekend, giving local householders the chance to clear out and help a charity!

Skip2It events were designed by Recycling Lives to bring a number of benefits to local communities – not least to reduce fly-tipping levels around the North West. This weekend’s event is being supported by South Ribble Borough Council, who want to make it easier for householders to clear out their unwanted items in an environmentally friendly way in time for Christmas.

Fly-tipping is the illegal practice of dumping unwanted items – whether on the streets, on waste land or in rural environments – and it’s a huge problem right across Britain. With fines of up to £50,000 for anyone caught fly-tipping, the penalties are high, but despite Councils’ best efforts, rates of fly-tipping continue to increase.

Fly-tipping incidents vary in size but consist of at least one black bin bag full of waste – and often much larger loads, including furniture, building rubble and garden waste. Some illegal dumps, although small in size, can be dangerous to public health if sharp objects or hazardous waste is involved.

Not only this, but the UK Environment Agency also estimates that fly-tipping costs the taxpayer up to £150 million every year, a huge burden on the vast majority of householders who dispose of their waste responsibly.

Recycling Lives’ Skip 2 It team will be out and about this weekend, and is inviting householders to come along to one of the designated areas and offload any unwanted furniture, general waste items, old clothes, metal items and small electrical appliances.

All of the items will be dealt with in an environmentally responsible way – whatever can be reused will be repaired and either donated to people who need it or sold on to raise vital funds for the Recycling Lives UK social welfare charity, which helps homeless people get back on their feet. Everything else will be taken to Recycling Lives’ recycling centres, where the company achieves up to a 100% reuse and recycling rate.

Recycling Lives’ Key Account Manager, Dafydd Dylan, commented:

“Skip 2 It events are something that we’re really proud of at Recycling Lives. They’re a great opportunity for local householders to reclaim their local area – people feel angry and disappointed when they see rubbish dumped all over the place and, by participating in Skip 2 It events, they can fight back against fly-tipping.

“Not only are Skip 2 It events great for the community and the environment, they’re a vital source of income for the Recycling Lives UK social welfare charity and a brilliant work experience opportunity for the people we help. Many of the items we collect at these events can be donated to people who need them, or resold to raise much-needed funds for our charity work.”

Recycling Lives is grateful to South Ribble Borough Council for supporting this weekend’s Skip 2 It event, and to the venues that have kindly agreed to host the events on Saturday and Sunday morning:

Saturday 27th October 2012 – Leyland Fire Station car park, Broadfield Drive, Leyland between 9am and 12 noon
Sunday 28th October 2011 – Hope Terrace car park, Tardy Gate, Lostock Hall between 9am and 12 noon
The company’s Skip 2 It team will be out bright and early on both days, and is looking forward to meeting and greeting some of the area’s eco-friendly folks!

Please note – for safety reasons, the Skip 2 It team cannot accept hazardous waste, liquids, chemicals or sharps. For more information on recycling visit www.recycling.co.uk