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Green Lancaster has recently been ‘Highly Commended’ for their recycling project, Exodus, at the Red Rose Resource Awards.
The Exodus project won them the runners up prize in the category for ‘Best New Project’ at the awards, which was run by Lancaster Community Recycling. The category was open to projects running for 18 months or less, and was based on progress between the summers of 2010 and 2011.
Exodus was a summer project that aimed to recycle items left by students at the end of the year, and involved over 25 tonnes of books and household items. All of the items collected were passed onto charity. Green Lancaster’s main charity partner, St Vincent de Paul Society, works with charities ranging from Animal Care to Lancaster District Homeless and distributed the items to people in need.
Over 2000 books, CDs and DVDs were collected, amounting to a second hand value in excess of £13,000 on Amazon. If these were sold, the funds raised would be used to help boost the work of Green Lancaster and fund the Exodus project for 2012.
Project Coordinator, Darren Axe, told SCAN that “receiving the Highly Commended status at the Red Rose Resource Awards has been a real boost for the Exodus Re-Use Project and credits all the hard work put in by the staff team this year. We hope to build on the success to ensure the project continues to grow each year.”
Axe said that Green Lancaster’s aim for the project in the coming year is “for improvement and expansion, we will be having more resources in places to deal with the level of donations that are received from Graduate College each September.”
The overall winner in this category was The Tool Shed project, which operates by taking unwanted but useful items from landfills and giving them to people who can use them.