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Waste company donates 2,000 masks to care homes in east London

PUBLISHED: 15:00 03 June 2020

Shamim Ahmed from Rdbridge's Emergency Covid Response Team  collects 500 face masks from Mark Townley of Renewi. Picture: Renewi

Shamim Ahmed from Rdbridge's Emergency Covid Response Team collects 500 face masks from Mark Townley of Renewi. Picture: Renewi

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Leading waste company Renewi has donated 2,000 surgical masks for use in care homes across east London.

Peter North from Barking and Dagenham receives 500 face masks from Damien Harris, engineering manager at Renewi. Picture: RenewiPeter North from Barking and Dagenham receives 500 face masks from Damien Harris, engineering manager at Renewi. Picture: Renewi

Renewi’s Municipal Division works alongside the East London Waste Authority (ELWA) in four London boroughs – Barking & Dagenham, Havering, Newham and Redbridge – managing and recycling waste collected from households and from care homes in the vicinity.

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But it is now delivering masks as well.

The company used its capability to give new life to used materials by partnering with a Dutch-headquartered Van Straten Medical and GreenCycl to recycle masks.

Peter North from Barking and Dagenham is given 500 face masks by Renewi's Damien Harris. Picture: RenewiPeter North from Barking and Dagenham is given 500 face masks by Renewi's Damien Harris. Picture: Renewi

Kevin Bell, from Renewi’s Municipal Division, said: “By donating these surgical masks, we hope to make a contribution to the health and safety of key workers providing essential support to this group as well as the residents of the care homes themselves.”


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