We recently opened the doors to our UK plastic recycling facility, inviting a local under 14s football team to learn more about plastic recycling.

Last year, Vanden Recycling became the proud sponsors of Whittlesey Juniors U14s, much to the delight of the youngsters and manager, Darren Jackson.

The sponsorship was led by Marcus Branton, Product Technologist and Dale Digby, Health and Safety at Vanden Recycling.

You can learn more about the Vanden team here.

Having lived in Whittlesey all of his life, Marcus was keen for Vanden to build relationships with the local community, and felt the club demonstrated great potential. The sponsorship also presented an opportunity for Vanden to educate the youngsters when it comes to plastic recycling, and the actions they can take themselves to ensure it is diverted away from landfill.

“At Vanden, we’re passionate about educating the younger generation when it comes to the true value of plastic”, explains Marcus.

“There is no getting away from the fact that plastic is an intrinsic part of everyday life. They have the perception that plastic is bad. Really, plastic is not all bad, it is just that society has not given enough thought and care as to how we collect plastic along with other forms of waste to maximise its potential for reuse.

“We want the next generation to understand: plastic doesn’t pose an issue. The way we are disposing of it does.”

During the visit, the team enjoyed the quality control demonstrations from the Vanden team to bring the issues they face to life. They were given an insight into the ways that Vanden identify plastic material and assess contamination levels, using a rare earth magnet and burn testing.

Club Manager, Darren Jackson, comments:

“We were really pleased when Vanden agreed to the sponsorship, the team are thrilled with their new kit! The boys thoroughly enjoyed the visit and took all of the information in, they probably listened more than they do in training!

“It has opened theirs, and their parents, eyes when it comes to plastic and the way it should be recycled.”

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