A silent auction and charity casino at MRW’s National Recycling Awards this year has raised almost £7,000 for WasteAid UK.
Money raised at the event – held at the London Hilton, Park Lane, on 27 June – will help to prevent plastics marine pollution and create jobs.
Around 70% of the plastics that end up polluting our environment come from places with no waste management systems in place. One in three people around the world do not have their rubbish collected and have to burn or dump waste.
WasteAid UK shares waste management and recycling skills and helps people to make products from waste, fight poverty, prevent climate change and stop plastic pollution.
The Government will match donations pound-for-pound through its UK Aid Match appeal.
WasteAid UK chief executive Mike Webster said: “WasteAid was delighted to have the support of the National Recycling Awards. The amount raised, £6,800, means that millions of plastic bags will be prevented from reaching the sea and dozens of jobs created.
“The support of key industry players such as MRW is crucial to us, and shows the depth of support for our cause from within the waste and recycling sector.”
Fundraising specialist Impulse Decisions organised the silent auction and produced a brochure for each guest at the awards, listing lots such as a Monaco Grand Prix experience and signed England rugby player Jonny Wilkinson display.
Throughout the evening, NRA guests could choose whether to bid on prizes using their brochures, helping to support the charity.