Cumbernauld firm’s fightback does a tonne of good

A 20-year-old Blairlinn recycling firm has changed its focus to save not only the environment but to ensure its continued survival,

Moock Environmental Solutions is experiencing a greatly reduced demand for the process which can see toner cartridges recycled sparking job fears.

So they are now looking for chunkier plastic items which can have a new life, chiefly children’s toys and garden furniture.

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It would appear to be working as the business collected just under a tonne of the stuff locally in the last three weeks after harnessing Facebook to get the message out there.

Items involved were as varied as playhouses, garden sheds, patio sets and toy cars and many of their former owners were unaware of the fact that they could be properly recycled.

The award-winning firm in Mid Road has giant storage bins where these items can be placed during the working day sparing them from landfill and ensuring that they have a greener future.

Last week, managing director Graeme Clowe gratefully received a quantity of plastic chairs from a campsite in Aberfolye and is looking for more of the same from our readers.

Mr Clowe admitted:“It’s been difficult since lockdown took effect.

“Our business has always been recycling toner cartridges for the large manufacturers however this is now not going to be the case”

“We shut the doors in line with government guidelines however I don’t know if I can bring 14 employees back off furlough.”

Yet he believes that this new branch of the business is proving to be a game-changer

Mr Clowe said: “It’s amazing to think that these other plastic items are so overlooked by the public that we don’t actually think about it when we put in the local recycling centres.

“There were over 15000 tonnes sent to landfill or for heat recovery last year alone in Scotland which is simply crazy.”

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