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7th June 2013

Keep Wales Tidy

5th June: Employees from Magor Brewery celebrated World Environment Day by swapping their usual day’s work of brewing beer to roll up their sleeves and get to work with Keep Wales Tidy.

The team from Magor Brewery joined Keep Wales Tidy’s expert officers to clean up and remove waste from the ‘reens’ (artificial drains) in the area around the brewery between Undy and Caldicot.  Thirty volunteers worked for over five hours and filled four eight-yard skips with over six tonnes of rubbish.

The team cleaned a total of three sites, including Summerway reen near Caldicot station and ditches on the back road to Undy, which are part of the local green transport network on the coastal path and cycle routes through the area.  The brewery uses the drainage system as part of its operations so was keen to contribute to removing rubbish from it.  Staff filled a skip on each of these sites.

On Garthalan Drive in Caldicot, the volunteers filled two skips with rubbish and gathered another skip’s worth from the open space among the bushes and the ditch alongside.

Tony Monteiro, Brewery Manager at AB InBev UK’s Magor Brewery said:

“AB InBev UK has a significant role to play in protecting the environment and we were delighted to work alongside Keep Wales Tidy on this event. The clean-up was hard work but great fun and our team learned new skills as well as improving the quality of the local surroundings for the community and wildlife alike.

“I am very proud of what the team here at Magor has achieved to integrate sustainability into every aspect of our business. We already recycle more than 99% of all our waste and we are always looking for new ways to reduce our impact on the environment and achieve our dream: To be the Best Beer Company in a Better World.”

Louise Tambini, Projects Director for Keep Wales Tidy, said:

“Keep Wales Tidy’s team building days are a great way for companies to work together and give staff a real sense of achievement. It’s great to see companies such as AB InBev UK choosing environmental action days for their team-building activities. Cleaning drainage ditches is mucky work and maybe not as pleasant as gorge-walking or other usual activities, but it is certainly more rewarding and beneficial to wildlife. I commend the staff for rising to the challenge and setting a great example for others to follow!”

Magor Brewery, and its parent company, Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev), recently announced the achievement of an ambitious set of three year environmental goals to reduce water and energy consumption and carbon emissions, and improve their rate of recycling. Magor Brewery helped the company achieve these goals, by reducing its fuel use by 14.8 percent compared to 2009 and cutting CO2 emissions per hectoliter of production by 23.3 percent improvement compared to 2009.

Keep Wales Tidy is one of Wales’s leading community-based environmental charities and runs unique, team building days that are specifically tailored for different companies.  Activities include: litter-picks and larger clean-ups on rivers, beaches, otter holt and footpath construction, vegetation clearance and much more.  Tools and health and safety guidance are provided as well as publicity for the company.

Businesses that have enjoyed team-building days recently with Keep Wales Tidy include Cardiff Community Housing Association, SA Brains, Food Standards Agency, HSBC and Barclays Bank.

For photos from the event visit our Flickr page

If your company would like to take part in a Keep Wales Tidy team building day please contact Louise Tambini on 029 2072 6979 or 07824 504790 or e-mail louise.tambini@keepwalestidy.org for a quote.

 

Notes to Editors:

1.  For more information please contact Sarah Philpott, Communications Officer for Keep Wales Tidy.

Telephone 029 2038 1737/07769 708980 or email sarah.philpott@keepwalestidy.org

2.   This year Keep Wales Tidy celebrates its fortieth anniversary as one of Wales’s leading community-based environmental charities.  Since 1972 Keep Wales Tidy has worked with people to improve the quality of the local environment. Visit the new look website for more information: www.keepwalestidy.org

3. Keep Wales Tidy offers team building days for companies. For an agreed price, Keep Wales Tidy will provide the following:

  • Project planning meeting to agree type of project, activities, dates and possible locations
  • Site selection, permission from landowner and free waste removal
  • Provision of all safety equipment and tools
  • Training in health and safety and conservation skills (depending on exact nature of event)
  • Supervision and guidance from experienced Keep Wales Tidy staff
  • Event photographs and case study
  • Post event press release.
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