Praise for recycling efforts in Greenock
27 August 2013
SFRS crews implement local environment strategy.
Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) staff in Greenock have been praised by the area’s top firefighter and Inverclyde Council for their efforts to recycle materials and implement the local environment strategy.
Firefighters from both the wholetime and retained duty systems took time to attend presentations from the authority’s environmental staff, which looked at how the SFRS personnel could maximise the impact of their recycling drive.
Area Manager Paul Tanzilli – the local senior officer for Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire and Inverclyde – praised his crews’ commitment to the strategy. He said: “It is great to see the staff at Greenock getting behind this initiative and making a positive impact.
“It is important for us to try and minimise the impact our day to day operations have on the environment and this strategy is an example of the improvements that can be made with partnership working.”
Inverclyde Council staff were invited to Greenock Community Fire Station by Station Commander Neil Galloway, after discussions on the most effective way for recycling to be introduced to the building.
Following its implementation, the convener of the authority’s environment and regeneration committee was welcomed to the station to see the progress for himself.
Councillor Michael McCormick commented: I am delighted to learn that two blue bins full of recyclable materials, in addition to a food waste recycling bin, are being collected from Greenock Community Fire Station every week.
“Staff have obviously embraced the environmental message and have shown that, even with unusual working hours and varied shift patterns, it’s still possible to make time for recycling.
“Inverclyde Council is committed to encouraging and promoting recycling and I am delighted we are able to collaborate with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service on their environmental project.”