Recycling Scouts win support to defy cuts

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A FUNDRAISING recycling scheme that has been run by the 5TH HUCKNALL SCOUT GROUP for more than 20 years has been given a timely boost — to ward off the blow of local-council spending cuts.

The Scout pack collects waste paper and aluminium cans which, in the past, have been cashed in for recycling ‘credits’ through Notts County Council.

Last year, the initiative realised £2,000 to support the group.

The credit payment scheme was axed by the county council as it sought to slash its spending in light of government-funding cuts.

But thankfully, the recycling company, Smurfit Kappa, has now stepped in and offered payments for waste paper and cardboard picked up during five collections run by the Scouts throughout the year.

The pack was also encouraged to approach local businesses to provide space for a skip where paper could be dropped off. This has been taken up by the Texaco petrol station on Hucknall bypass.

Pete Stevenson, fundraising chairman of 5th Hucknall Scouts, said: “Overnight, the money from the recycling collections was reduced to nothing as the council cutbacks stopped the payment.

“This came as a bitter blow because the money received from the credits was paid back to the council for renting the premises where the group meets.”

The Scouts have also decided to share some of the money raised through the recycling scheme with Macmillan Cancer Support.

To launch the new initiative, the group presented Helena Monk, fundraising manager for Macmillan Nottinghamshire, with a cheque for £200 at their pre-Christmas get-together.

The cash came from an inter-depot competition run by Smurfit Kappa last year.

At the same event, the Scouts said farewell to Akela and Cub-Scout leader Michelle Marlow after six years with the group.

n OUR PHOTO shows the Scouts, along with Eugene Lindsay, of Smurfit Kappa, presenting the cheque to Helena Monk.