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Storms caused evacuation at RAY

Among those hit by last weeks storms was Recycling Action Yorkshire (RAY).

Staff had to be evacuated from RAYs building in Leeds, after an adjoining building that was being renovated threatened to collapse onto their office.

RAY programme director Andrew Hartley, his seven staff and employees of Future Energy Yorkshire, Carbon Trust and Envirowise who share the same offices, were forced to flee as bricks from the adjoining building began to blow loose.

It was very dramatic, we could see some movement in the building and we were worried debris would crash through our offices large picture windows, said Hartley.

It was the second time in a week RAY had been affected by bad weather, after strong winds had caused problems with the launch event of its Putting Waste to Work report, which maps the growing environmental business opportunities for those in the Yorkshire and Humber area.

Recent weather is an indication that our climate is clearly changing and underlines the need for programmes like RAY to encourage businesses to act in a more environmentally responsible fashion, Hartley added.


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