Press release - Jun 08, 2009 12:00 AM

Working in close partnership with the Army to help meet its environmental obligations, SITA UK successfully introduced the first ever recycling scheme at the Ten Tors challenge this month.

SITA introduces Ten Tors recycling scheme

Working in close partnership with the Army to help meet its environmental obligations, SITA UK successfully introduced the first ever recycling scheme at the Ten Tors challenge this month.

Describing the scheme as “highly educational, comprehensive, easy to use and very effective”, Captain R F McCaffrey, one of the organisers of the Ten Tors Challenge added, “The Ten Tors Challenge is one of the largest youth events in the country and naturally produces a huge amount of rubbish. SITA's professional service ensured that where possible, all items that could be recycled were recycled.”

Captain R F McCaffrey continued, “SITA even had an Education Officer on hand as well as lots of helpers to advise on the best way of recycling each item. The company clearly takes the educational aspect of recycling very seriously and it was refreshing to see the support they provided throughout the course. We look forward to working with them again next year.”

During the Ten Tors Challenge, each team leader was responsible for collecting paper, glass, plastic bottles, cans and batteries in the relevant bags provided. Clusters of recycling containers were located around the main camp and were designed specifically for ease of use to help maximise the recycling opportunities. SITA Recycling Marshalls and SITA UK’s Education Officer offered guidance on how to recycle and answered many waste related questions.

Laura Bosworth, SITA’s Education Officer commented, “The event has been an ideal opportunity to educate a large number of young people about the importance of reducing, reusing and recycling waste rather than burying useful materials in landfill sites. All of the participants we spoke to were really receptive to learning more about the need to recycle, and made every effort to use our recycling facilities around the course.”

Having created a significant model that could be used across a number of national events, SITA UK’s Commercial Manager, Nick Tandy, said, “This is the first year that recycling has taken place at the Ten Tor’s Challenge and it has clearly been a huge success – it was a smooth, trouble-free operation. We worked closely with the Army to create a scheme that would both engage and encourage those taking part to do their bit for the environment, and I’m delighted to say that it was well received and created a significant amount of recycling tonnage.”

During the week following the event the material was analysed in order to understand quantities and types of materials generated. This will allow SITA to give the Army more information on the carbon footprint produced from an event of this kind. And, from SITA’s perspective, and its commitment to continual improvement, the information collected will help to increase service levels even further for next year’s event.

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