A local group is spearheading the way on recycling aluminium foil in Andover.
MAPGIE Community Recycling is a new activity provided by Andover Day Services, which supports people with learning and physical disabilities. People taking part in the MAGPIE activity will soon start to collect foil from various points across Andover. This project is being run jointly by Test Valley Borough Council and the Day Service based at East Portway.
Opening the project, Sir george urged people in Andover to save aluminium cans and foil in theire hpome and then put it in the yellow bins in the town. "This will help save the planet, help Test Valley hit its recycling targets, and help Andover Day Services who will get up to £500 per ton for what they pass on to ALUPRO."
Aluminium foil is a valuable resource which can only be recycled if it is collected separately. MAPGIE Community Recycling will play the central role in collecting, sorting and pressing the material before it is sent off to be recycled. The Council are providing the special yellow bins for aluminium foil, which are now located at existing recycling centres around the town. These will be at Cricketers Way; Charlton; the George Yard car park; Beech Hurst car park and Shepherd Spring Lane’s Household waste recycling centre.
Councillor Peter Boulton environment portfolio holder for the Council said: “Test Valley Borough Council are working with Andover Day Services to recycle this valuable material which unfortunately cannot be sorted out if it is collected through the existing household kerb-side recycling collection. With the help of Andover Day Service, the people of Andover can now recycle this resource. It is an excellent example of partnership working to support Test Valley residents and the environment”
Sir George paid tribute to Tracey Carus, manager of Andover Day Services, who helped put the scheme together. She said: “Andover Day Services, through MAGPIE Community Recycling, is very pleased to be working in partnership with Test Valley Borough Council to establish and enable a project which is both good for the environment and the local community. This is a fantastic opportunity for people with a learning disability to develop a full and active role within their community by providing a service which was previously unavailable“.
I am grateful to Karen Henderson for taking the photos