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Orkney Charities Benefit from Recycling Drinks Containers

Twelve local charities are set to benefit from the recycling of drinks containers as part of the Return & Recycle Orkney initiative.

The initiative was launched in November by Circular Economy Minister in the Scottish Government Lorna Slater.

There are two reverse vending machines located at Employability Orkney on Junction Road and for every drink’s container returned, 5p will be donated to a local charity. 

Delivered by Zero Waste Scotland and funded by the Scottish Government, Return & Recycle Orkney will run until Scotland’s nationwide deposit return scheme launches on 16th August this year. 

The initiative has already seen over 5,000 drinks containers returned. If you were to place them end to end, they would stretch from Employability Orkney on Junction Road all the way to Picky.

Initially, Employability Orkney were the first charity to receive these donations, however from the start of January there will be a choice of up to three charities to select from at any time.

The twelve charities that will benefit from returns over the course of the initiative are:

  1. Employability Orkney – Restart
  2. Loving Homes Dog Rescue
  3. Women’s Aid Orkney
  4. Orkney Rape & Sexual Assault Service
  5. Home-Start Orkney
  6. Inclusive Orkney
  7. Peedie Retreat
  8. Orkney Pilgrimage
  9. Mind-On
  10. Orkney Athletic & Running Club
  11. Right There
  12. Orkney Folk Festival

The Peedie Retreat are one of the charities currently receiving donations.

“We are delighted to be receiving donations from the Return & Recycle Scheme.”

“The Peedie Retreat’s ambition of building and running a bespoke, fully accessible and inspirational building for Orkney residents affected by Cancer or Multiple Sclerosis can only be realised through raising critical funds. Every deposit you make will help create a brighter future for all. We are delighted to be raising money in such an environmentally friendly way.” Anna Johnson, The Peedie Retreat

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