Festival 2014 goes green with help from recycling volunteers

While Scotland’s athletes are going for gold, visitors to the Festival 2014 events running alongside the Commonwealth Games are going green, with help from volunteer recycling ambassadors.

31 Jul 14

Zero Waste Scotland has worked in partnership with Festival 2014 organisers to recruit over 80 recycling ambassadors to help the huge crowds flocking to sites across Glasgow to separate their waste to ensure as much as possible can be recycled.

The recycling ambassadors are stationed at recycling points at the Glasgow Green Live Zone and Kelvingrove Bandstand sites, which are hosting a wide range of music, arts and sporting events alongside the Commonwealth Games.  Volunteers are helping visitors to separate paper, card, plastic, food waste and compostable packaging from general waste, so that the right things go in the right bins to maximise the amount that can be recycled.

The volunteers have come from a wide range of backgrounds, with students, retirees, staff from Zero Waste Scotland and waste managers Viridor and members of the public, all keen to be part of the festivities in Glasgow and to help make the events as sustainable as possible. Zero Waste Scotland supports householders, businesses and local authorities to increase recycling on behalf of the Scottish Government. Cabinet Secretary for the Environment Richard Lochhead visited the Glasgow Green site to meet the volunteers and thank them for their efforts.

Cabinet Secretary for the Environment Richard Lochhead said: ““With these volunteers on hand to champion recycling it’s never been easier to do the right thing and put waste into the correct bin. Recycling helps avoid burying waste in landfill, where it can release harmful greenhouse gases. Sorting our waste for recycling helps to realise its value, making our economy more circular. The Recycling Ambassadors are doing an excellent job and I’d like to thank them for giving up their own time to help make Glasgow 2014 as sustainable as possible.”

Recycling volunteer Kerry Cruickshanks, 17, a student from Glasgow said: “It’s wonderful to be part of the action here in Glasgow. The city is buzzing from the Games and Festival 2014, and I just wanted to play a part in that. Helping people to recycle is great as you get to chat to people from all over the world and you’re doing a good thing for the environment. I’ve had a fantastic time.”

Iain Gulland, Director of Zero Waste Scotland said: “We’ve had an amazing response to our call for volunteers, and those who are volunteering are making a big difference by helping visitors to Festival 2014 recycle as much as possible. Zero Waste Scotland has been working closely with both Glasgow 2014 and Festival 2014 behind the scenes to ensure the events are as sustainable as possible, and this is a great way to get the public involved and help them play their part in creating a green Games.”

Christopher Sloey, Development Manager for Viridor, said: "Just as Glasgow has been transformed to welcome the world, the city has big plans to transform how it manages its waste. As the force behind Viridor's £154m Glasgow Recycling & Renewable Energy Centre we were delighted to take a break from our ambitious green infrastructure project to give a hand in getting waste sorted - helping make Glasgow the most sustainable games ever.”

More information about how to reduce waste, and re-use and recycle more can be found at www.recycleforscotland.com

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