Fermanagh-based company Encirc has provided a lifeline for those in crisis thanks to a unique recycling initiative.
‘Recycling Rewards’, now in its third year, is an innovative campaign designed by leading social enterprise Bryson Recycling. It aims to increase awareness for a worthwhile cause and educate people about the benefits of recycling. The drive has resulted in 16,000 tonnes of materials being recycled locally and £7,000 raised for PIPS, the suicide and bereavement charity as a result.
Fiacre O’Donnell, encirc explains: “Bryson provides a weekly kerbside box collection to 170,000 homes, and for every tonne of paper, plastic and glass collected over the last year, Encirc is one of three reprocessing partners that has committed to donating £1 to the charity. At our plant, we reprocess some of the glass that has been collected from the weekly household collections from Antrim and Newtownabbey; Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon; Belfast; Lisburn and Castlereagh; and Mid and East Antrim Council areas.”
Recent research indicates that Northern Ireland is facing a suicide epidemic and as the charity sector continually faces huge pressure to deliver important services to users, this support has come at a critical time. For PIPS, an organisation with no government funding, the support from Recycling Rewards is literally helping to keep its doors open.
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