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Waste project needs home and cash

PUBLISHED: 22:03 11 December 2001 | UPDATED: 11:01 03 March 2010

A RECYCLING project used by hundreds of Suffolk schools and voluntary groups is facing up to a tough double challenge.

The Suffolk Scrap Store, based at Wright Road in Ipswich, needs to raise £60,000 in business sponsorship – and is also desperately searching for new premises in the town.

A RECYCLING project used by hundreds of Suffolk schools and voluntary groups is facing up to a tough double challenge.

The Suffolk Scrap Store, based at Wright Road in Ipswich, needs to raise £60,000 in business sponsorship – and is also desperately searching for new premises in the town.

Project manager Shane Betts said they were exploring every avenue to raise the cash, but warned they could ultimately be forced to close if they did not find sponsors.

"We are determined to keep going and we are quite optimistic," he said. "There is a lot of support for what we are doing and there is so much demand for the project."

The store collects and stores a wide variety of waste materials donated by companies, which are used for everything from arts and crafts projects to making costumes for school plays.

It is staffed by adults with learning disabilities, with 34 people aged 19 to 65 working there on a part-time basis each week, and it is partly-funded by Suffolk social services through its adult service. This funding is continuing unchanged.

However, the non-profit organisation also receives funding from the Suffolk Environmental Trust to support its work with recycling – and this money will run out next June.

"We now need to search for funds from elsewhere and we would be interested in hearing from anyone who can help," said Mr Betts.

"We need to raise about £60,000 per year and ideally we are looking for a medium to long-term commitment."

The project also needs to find a new home because its current lease is coming to an end, and the hunt is on for suitable premises.

"What we need is a warehouse of around 6,000 square feet and it has to be in reasonably good condition, not just for storage," said Mr Betts.

Companies donate a wide range of items to the project, including card, fabric, paper, wood, plastic, foam, carpet offcuts… and the list goes on! Although they are waste, these materials are all safe and provide a valuable resource.

Altogether, 385 different schools, nurseries, community groups and organisations are members. In return for a small fee, they are able to collect the materials and use them for all kinds of creative activities.

"There have been some school plays where all the costumes and all the scenery are made from items donated to the Scrap Store," said Mr Betts.

If you can help with sponsorship or premises, or if your business would like to donate materials, please contact Mr Betts in the first instance, on 01473 710779.


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