Beeston boy’s glass recycling to help community and environment

Charlie Friend from Sandy has started collecting glass recycling in Beeston for those not able to ta

Charlie Friend from Sandy has started collecting glass recycling in Beeston for those not able to take it to the community recycling point. Picture: Rory Dear - Credit: Archant

An environmentally conscious youngster from Beeston has started an enterprise to collect glass for recycling.

Charlie Friend, 10, has started collecting glass recycling in a garden waste cart after moving from North Herts, where glass is recycled by the district council.

The youngster’s idea was sparked by a conversation regarding how elderly and less able people would be unable to recycle their glass without a door-to-door service.

From there, the Sandye Place Academy pupil has started ‘Bean’s Bottles’ – where he collects any glass recycling in the area for an optional fee, and pulls a cart full for more than a mile to the public recycling facilities in Sandy town centre.

Charlie said; “I realised many people are not physically able to take their glass to be recycled, and it may end up in the normal bin – which is bad for the environment.


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“I’ve decided to help the environment, help my neighbours and help earn some pocket money by taking glass waste to recycling points.”

Charlie has sent a letter to his neighbours letting them know about the new service he would be offering.

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The letter reads: “Hi, My name is Charlie Friend.

“I’m 10, live in Lime Avenue and I go to Sandye Place. I’ve been learning about environment and recycling. We’ve just moved from Hertfordshire where they collect and recycle glass from your house. They don’t do that here.

“My dad is able, but doesn’t have the time to take our glass to be recycled, and moans about getting his car dirty and wet.

“I realised many people are also not physically able to take their glass to be recycled and it may end up in the normal bin, which is bad for the environment.

“I’ve decided to help the environment, help my neighbours and help earn some pocket money by taking glass waste to recycling points.

“So every Saturday I will be collecting glass from the front of people’s houses to recycle. My dad is lending me the money to buy the trolley and I am paying him back by charging £3, or whatever you can spare.

“If you want me to take your glass recycling for you, just leave it at the front of your house in a container with whatever you can spare inside.”

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