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News from our partners: New swimming green scheme launches at Shrewsbury, Market Drayton and Oswestry pools

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Staff at Oswestry Leisure Centre are urging people to recycle old and damaged kit


Three pools in the county have signed up with a swimming products recycling scheme run by an organisation called Leisure Loop, which aims to address the amount of waste generated by pools that reaches landfill each year.

Shropshire Community Leisure Trust, which runs the three Shropshire Council-owned centres in partnership with Serco Leisure, decided to team up with swimming products company, Zoggs, to offer a free trial of Leisure Loops recycling boxes, which will be placed at each facility. All boxes will be Zoggs-branded to make it easy for customers to identify where to put their old swimming products, like unused goggles, flipflops and floats.

Jamie Bryant, Partnership Manager for the trust said:-

“This is an important initiative and one I’m sure our customers will be keen to support. We’re determined as an operator to do all we can to reduce our environmental impact and this scheme fits in perfectly with our commitment to Maintain a Fitter Future, a green project we launched at all centres in 2022 to demonstrate more transparency on how we use energy around our facilities.

“I would encourage all customers to look out for the blue Zoggs boxes at each of the centres, and to check out our website for a full list of the items we are collecting. The waste we collect will be recycled and transformed into new products.”

Ian Nellins, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for climate change, environment and transport, said:-

“Shropshire Council, has made a commitment to address climate change, and we’re working with our partners to deliver the Climate Action Plan.

“Shropshire residents are already enthusiastic recyclers at home and this is an excellent opportunity for them to extend the principle and support our drive to create a healthy environment for healthy people.”