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Richard Lochhead MSP praises Moray Waste Busters for recycling services to the region

By Garry McCartney

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Simon Flemington, MSP Richard Lochhead and Phil Mills in amongst bargains at the Waterford site.
Simon Flemington, MSP Richard Lochhead and Phil Mills in amongst bargains at the Waterford site.

MORAY’S MSP has praised a local independent, not-for-profit charity after seeing its work for himself.

Richard Lochhead met with Moray Waste Busters (MWB) new chairman Simon Flemington and operations manager Phil Mills to hear about the social enterprise’s plans for the future.

Mr Lochhead said: “MWB are responsible for diverting a huge amount of items heading for landfill. They provide an outstanding service. The fact that people are buying items in good condition that would otherwise end up in landfill is great. It is also a reminder that a throw away-society is wasteful and unsustainable. The group is tackling that culture and delivering benefits.”

Mr Lochhead was impressed to learn that MWB employ 15 people on the Real Living Wage.

He added: “This organisation has a big role to play in Moray’s zero waste and low carbon future as we plan how to achieve Scotland’s target of no longer contributing to climate change by 2045.”

Mr Mills said: ”Richard is very supportive of our current

activities and plans for the future”.

The Waste Busters removal van.
The Waste Busters removal van.

Items donated to MWB are checked and sold at bargain prices. Proceeds create jobs and help meet social aims: to pass on items free to local community groups, charities and schools; to provide supported placements and volunteer opportunities; and to offer free educational visits.

Mr Flemington confirmed it has been offering free education visits since 2004, informing visitors how to help the environment by explaining the “3 R’s – reduce, reuse and recycle”.

He said: “MWB is a run by a

set of dedicated, industrious employees and volunteers, and used enthusiastically by people giving and getting treasured items that will be useful and loved. It’s a simple way for everyone to make a difference in the fight against climate change”

For more information visit https://moraywastebusters.org/

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