Local businesses and residents are being urged to donate their old paper and cardboard to a community recycling scheme which will generate much-needed funds for The Gateway in Queenborough.
Based in two converted warehouses on Rushenden Road, The Gateway offers a wide range of facilities to the local community, from belly dancing and dog training to blokart sailing and fork lift truck courses.
Local paper recycler Smurfit Kappa Recycling will be paying Queenborough & Rushenden Gateway Ltd (registered charity number 1141140) for every tonne of material it collects from the facility. So the more paper and card the community can gather, the more money will be raised. All of the material collected by Smurfit Kappa Recycling is taken to its paper mill in Snodland where it is recycled into brown paper which is used to make new packaging materials.
When The Gateway opened in 2007 it exceeded expectations achieving an annual footfall of 5,000. Today with its own community café (which uses produce grown in the onsite Grow Your Own gardening club) and a growing list of subsidised activities, clubs and training, the number of visitors has tripled.
“We want to keep the costs of activities to a minimum but the overheads associated with running The Gateway are rising. Last year’s utility bill alone was around £25,000 so fundraising is really important if we want to keep these great facilities open to the whole community. All of the money we raise through this paper recycling scheme will be reinvested directly back into The Gateway,” said The Gateway’s manager Carol Stewart.
Smurfit Kappa Recycling’s commercial manager for the South East, Sarah Lesting first suggested the idea of paper recycling to Carol when she attended Canine Capers Dog Training at The Gateway with her 15-month old Labrador, Harley. “I am one of thousands of people now enjoying the facilities at The Gateway and am thrilled that this paper recycling initiative will help to keep it running. It really is a win-win solution for local people, business and the environment. As well as providing much needed funds for the Queenborough community, The Gateway is choosing a local and responsible recycling solution that minimises carbon emissions and supports local industry.”
The Gateway can accept donations of paper and cardboard during opening hours from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday. If you have a large load to deliver you are requested to call reception in advance on 01795 667604.
If you would like to speak to Smurfit Kappa Recycling about organising a free collection of cardboard from your business or organisation, please contact Sarah Lesting on 07710 152004