Workshop-based charities, community groups or businesses - such as those offering employment or training opportunities for people with special needs - are well-placed to become involved in partnership programmes with local authorities and alucan. These programmes provide stability and a sense of achievement for their clients, and can also lead to recognised skills-based qualifications.
Local authorities are responsible for developing recycling as part of their waste management strategy, and recycling officers are the main contact for all queries. Where community projects are planned, it is therefore important to gain their co-operation and commitment.
As well as having all the local knowledge to make sure that the aluminium scheme is tailored to fit well with other activities - there may, for example, be opportunities for community groups to be involved with other council initiatives - recycling officers work with schools and the public, know the local press, and can provide support in many different ways.
Where community projects are working as part of mainstream recycling in an area, local authorities can usually provide collection banks, and make the arrangements to site them at supermarkets and other appropriate locations.
Alucan is often the initial point of contact with the local authority recycling officer, and we are happy to arrange a meeting to discuss the project, and the potential income based on local recycling rate, and convenient sites.