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Printwaste helps to keep charity card scheme ‘green’

Printwaste Recycling & Shredding’s support for a local medical charity that recycles unwanted festive and greetings cards got the seal of approval from the Mayor of Cheltenham during her recent visit to the town’s Cobalt offices.

Councillor Barbara Driver met charity volunteers, fundraisers and representatives from Cheltenham-based Printwaste during her tour of the Linton House medical imaging clinic.

"It’s a brilliant and simple sustainable scheme, which helps the charity and saves waste," said Councillor Driver. "As a cancer survivor myself, I have a particular special interest in the scheme and I’m delighted to see the hard-working efforts of all involved in making it such a success."

Cobalt raises around £40,000 annually through its recycling project, which re-uses and sells cards throughout the year. Any leftover card waste is recycled free of charge by Printwaste, which supplies regional and national confidential data destruction and recycling services and already handles Cobalt’s general paper and cardboard waste.

Printwaste also helped to boost Cobalt’s card volumes by encouraging clients to get involved. Wheelie bins were provided to store cards before collection at three of its larger customers’ sites – Endsleigh Insurance, UCAS and Cheltenham Borough Council.

"Thanks to extra support from our customers, we have been able to raise card donation levels and do even more to support this very worthy cause," commented Printwaste Director Geof Robins.

Zena Giles, Fundraiser, said: "Printwaste’s charitable gesture in recycling card waste is invaluable to us. It’s also a terrific example of just one of the ways in which we like to involve our community in our local fundraising activities."

Printwaste provides a complete range of recycling and secure shredding management solutions to public and private sector clients regionally and across the UK. The firm is accredited to the UK’s highest standards including ISO 9001:2008 incorporating BS EN 15713:2009, the bespoke standard for information destruction and holds full ISO 14001 certification.

It is a principal member of the British Security Industry Association and national service operator The Shredding Alliance, as well as an Environment Agency-registered waste carrier.

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