The Oakley Adult Opportunity Centre run by Gloucestershire County Council, has been awarded a national recycling award in recognition of its work with drinks can recycling programme Every Can Counts.
The centre, which was set up in 1987, helps provide opportunities for adults in the community, turned its attention to the responsible disposal of empty drinks cans as another way to teach respect for the environment.
Since beginning work to encourage recycling in September 2015, the volume of drinks cans collected has steadily increased to over 2.7 tonnes of cans collected in one year. The recycling team actively seek out new can collection points by promoting drinks can recycling to the public within Cheltenham by utilising the Every Can Counts leaflets and posters.
Carolyn O’Neill, assistant manager at the Oakley Adult Opportunity Centre, said: “Winning a Green Can Award is an amazing accolade for the centre. The number of cans we collect has grown considerably. The recycling project at Oakley AOC has gone from strength to strength, in just over a year we have recycled over 2.7 tonnes of cans and 1.9 tonnes of foil. We are very pleased how our recycling project is developing and we are always looking for new ways to increase our can and foil recycling in the Cheltenham area.’
Cllr Kathy Williams, cabinet member for long term care at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “It’s really great news that the centre has been recognised for their work. This project gives people with learning difficulties experience of a working environment and helps to drive up recycling rates, stopping aluminium cans ending up in landfill.
“I’m proud that we’ve supported so many people with learning disabilities into employment or training and schemes such as this can really help them to achieve their future potential.”
Ruth Meeke, Programme Manager for Every Can Counts, said: “The Oakley Adult Opportunity Centres recycling efforts are to be commended, and we are so pleased that not only are they making such a worthwhile difference within the community. We hope that more businesses in Gloucestershire will become inspired to work with the free to use Every Can Counts programme and look forward to helping celebrate other great examples of recycling achievements.”