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News round-up 8/6

Viridor and Biffa fund underground railway; Keep Britain Tidy’s new chief executive; Litter prevention trial in Westminster; Rewards scheme offers free swimming

Viridor and Biffa fund Post Office underground railway

The British Postal Museum and Archive (BPMA) has been awarded funding grants from Viridor Credits and AIM Biffa Award, in support of its plans to reopen London’s underground post office railway (pictured) to the public.

The BPMA has now secured more than 95% of the funds required to make the Postal Museum and Mail Rail a reality and continues to fundraise against the remaining shortfall.

The two funding organisations are the charitable arms of their respective recycling companies.

Press release

Keep Britain Tidy appoints chief executive

Charity Keep Britain Tidy has announced that Allison Ogden-Newton is joining in August as its new chief executive.

Ogden-Newton will replace Phil Barton, who left the organisation in March this year.

She is moving from World Child Cancer and is founder of social value think-tank The Transition Institute.

Press release

Litter prevention trial in Westminster

Plastics 2020 (BPF, PAFA and Plastics Europe) has joined forces with Westminster City Council, Veolia, INCPEN and others, in support of a new campaign which aims to tackle the growing problem of street litter.

The ‘Neat Streets’ project, launched in the borough of Westminster on 22 May, is an initiative of the charity Hubbub.

There will be a series of interactive installations and exhibitions over the summer that will trial new ways of encouraging people not to litter.

Speaking on behalf of Plastics 2020, Sarah Plant said: “We are delighted to be supporting such a truly innovative project. Campaigns such as this one which focus on changing behaviour are long overdue.”

Press release

Bexley recycling rewards scheme awards free swimming sessions

Bexley residents who are members of London Green Points will now be able to spend their earned points on swims at their local leisure centres.

The Bexley scheme, initially launched in 2011 and now covering 15,000 purpose built flats in the borough, analyses waste and recycling volumes across the flats to determine the number of green points earned by each household.

Residents then have the opportunity to spend their points on over 1,000 sustainable products in the Green Rewards eShop, donate them to one of three local community projects in Bexley or now use them on activities at their local leisure centre.

Press release

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