Dream comes true for young recycler

A five year old West Bridgford boy with a fascination for recycling bins has had his dream to sit in a bin lorry come true on Monday (Monday 5th September) – and looks set to become one of Nottinghamshire’s youngest recycling champions by helping spread the message to his friends and family about what can and can’t go into recycling bins.

Owen Newbold love bins so much he even owns a ‘Number one bin man’ high vis jacket, so when his dad Chris Newbold and partner Lorna Machin contacted Veolia (Nottinghamshire County Council’s waste contractors) to ask if Owen could come and sit in a bin lorry and see all the different recycling bins, young Owen’s wish was granted by the team and was invited to visit their Nottingham offices.
Not only did Owen get to sit in the cab of a bin lorry and ask what all the different buttons did, he was shown how the lorry tips up the bins, how the recyclables are deposited in the lorry, and also learnt about all the different items that can go into the recycling bins in Nottinghamshire:

Paper – newspapers, magazines, junk mail (excluding shredded paper)
Card/cardboard – cereal boxes, egg boxes, cardboard tubes
Plastic bottles – including drinks bottles, milk bottles, bathroom bottles – shampoo etc (Please remove and discard lids)
Plastic tubs – yoghurt pots and margarine tubs only (Please remove and discard lids)
Cans, tins and empty aerosols

Lorna Machin, Owen’s dad’s partner said: “Owen’s free time is spent playing with bins (his favourite is the Recycling bin), he plays bin lorries and his dad has to walk with the bins and he pretends he's a lorry!”

When asked why people should recycle Owen said: ‘Because it’s really good and things get turned into new stuff.’

Lea Hawkes, General Manager for Veolia Nottinghamshire said: “It’s fantastic to see children taking a real interest in recycling, we were happy to help make Owen’s dream come true.” 

Councillor Jim Creamer, chairman of the County Council’s environment and sustainability committee said: “It’s always great to hear about the next generation of recyclers in Nottinghamshire.  Let’s hope Owen tells his family and friends about his visit and all about the different items that can go into their recycling bins.”

All recyclables from across the seven boroughs and districts in Nottinghamshire are collected and sorted at the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) in Mansfield which is run by Veolia They regularly offer free recycling tours for schools and community groups at the MRF to see first-hand what happens to the items that are put into the recycling bin. If you would like to find out more please [email protected] or call 0203 567 4391