It’s Our World: Dewsbury’s Think3e receives top sustainability award at House of Commons
A DEWSBURY recycling plant employing hundreds of vulnerable people and ex-prisoners has received a prestigious sustainability prize.
Think3e’s managing director Marcus Baldry made the trip to the House of Commons to be presented with a gold National Green Apple Award.
Mr Baldry – who runs the plant at Calder Bank Mills at Scout Hill – accepted the award alongside Kirklees Council’s Chief Executive Adrian Lythgo.
The award-winning social enterprise is a result of a partnership between Think3e and Kirklees Council, which was set up in 2009.
The council approved a £100,000 grant from the Dewsbury Neighbourhood fund to help with the purchase of a plastics granulator and to contribute towards the first year’s rent of the 25,000sq ft of industrial space.
Mr Baldry said: “Think3e can now create a job for every 59 tonnes of waste we divert from landfill.
“As a social enterprise we’ve proved that it’s not all about technical ability, the success of this project is due to the fantastic work that our teams put in at Dewsbury week after week and month after month.
“This award is for all the team who turn up every day and reprocess the material we collect. Every one of them is a green hero and I’m proud to say that the Dewsbury team have, with this Gold award, showed Kirklees in the most positive light. We are delighted to be ambassadors for the area.”
The project has already gone on to employ 176 people to date and will open a second site in Huddersfield soon.
Think3e has pledged to create over 300 jobs in three years. The project prides itself on only employing those furthest from the labour market, which for most means their first ever job.
All posts were linked to accredited training and technical certification including over 100 apprenticeships.
The site now contributes towards 400 tonnes a month of specialist material being diverted from landfill for recycling.
Clr Mehboob Khan, Leader of Kirklees Council, said: “Dewsbury has a long history in the recycling industry and this was a great opportunity to make it a large part of the town’s future prosperity.
“The council’s business team and other partners have worked closely with Think3e to divert waste from landfill into second-generation raw materials and products that can be fed back into local manufacturing. This is creating local jobs and attracting investment.”
The Green Apple Awards campaign is run by The Green Organisation, an independent non-profit organisation that recognises, rewards and promotes environmental best practice around the world.