Just when we thought we couldn’t get any busier, along came July with another non-stop month for the Recycle Zone team. As well as opening a new Recycle Zone in Scotland, we also unleashed our inner rock gods and goddesses at the Sonisphere Open Air Rock Festival in Hertfordshire.
Since our last update the St Fagans National History Museum Recycle Zone has opened in Cardiff. This is now up and running and received some great coverage in the local press to raise awareness of the Zone’s existence - we’ll keep you posted on how it’s doing.
At the other end of the UK, Ocean Terminal in Edinburgh launched its brand spanking new Recycle Zone in early July. By day a thriving shopping centre, Ocean Terminal turns into a nightclub on weekends becoming a hotspot for local dance lovers – which of course means even more recyclable material can be collected at our Recycle Zone.
Just as we did with the Isle of Wight Festival in June, Recycle Zone teamed up with youth volunteering organisationvinspired to help festival goers recycle at open air rock festival, Sonisphere. Our ‘Swap for Swag’ Shop went down a treat again, as did the Coca-Cola Recycle Garden. We collected just over six tonnes of material over the weekend – that’s the equivalent in weight of 91 drum kits!
We’re now halfway through the year and there are no signs of Recycle Zone slowing down. In fact, it’s going to get busier – August will see the opening of our 80th Zone to date and we’ll be making an appearance at further festivals – Bloodstock, V Festival and Creamfields – fingers crossed that the great weather continues. We’ll also be trialling Recycle Zones at Center Parcs sites in the UK and opening new Zones at Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge and Castlepoint Shopping Centre in Bournemouth.