Recycling Target Set For Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival

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PHS Wastetech, the national waste management company has agreed to sponsor the annual event for the next two years and also collect all the waste and recycling from the site.

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The organisers of Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival are aiming to report record recycling figures from this year’s festival thanks to the support of its latest sponsor, PHS Wastetech. The national waste management company has agreed to sponsor the annual event for the next two years and also collect all the waste and recycling from the site.

PHS Wastetech’s sponsorship extends to the Children’s Food Festival which will be providing free fun workshops and tasting activities for children at the Brighthelm Centre on Queens Road in Brighton from 10am - 5pm on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 September. Children will have the opportunity to attend a workshop called ‘Composting Magic’ where they will explore and discover what happens to food waste and packaging once they are finished with it. This will be demonstrated through a series of hands-on activities and suitable for children between age 5 and 11.

Speaking about the event Anthony Pearlgood, commercial director at PHS Wastetech said: “We are really proud to sponsor the food festival and will be encouraging all visitors to take advantage of our recycling service and help make the festival as green as possible. We are particularly looking forward to teaching the next generation about food waste and recycling, we believe it is essential to nurture the next generation who will need to be environmentally aware. Composting Magic is a really fun activity designed to engage and teach children the benefits of recycling.”

Food festival director Nick Mosley said: “The festival team have really enjoyed working with the PHS Wastetech team and we look forward to delivering our biggest ever free Children’s Food Festival this September – it’s going to be tasty, messy and great fun! The festival has always had excellent green credentials but the commitment to recycling this year should firmly crown us as the most sustainable major event in the region”.

The composting activity will also provide children with the opportunity to take home what they have learnt. PHS Wastetech will be providing seeds, compost and a pot to grow at home, and information to help them on their way to creating a compost heap in their garden.

The food festival is aiming to attract over 100,000 people to the 10 days of Autumn Harvest. Local pubs, restaurants, cafes, hotels and food retailers host their own events during the festival alongside the other free access events organised by the festival including the Big Sussex Market, Children’s Food Festival and Live Food Show.

PHS Wastetech provides a nationwide waste disposal services, specialising in commercial waste disposal, but also managing a variety of waste streams including mixed recycling

About PHS

The PHS Group plc is one of the UK’s leading workplace service providers, and has traded since 1963. It has 10 operating companies, offering a diverse portfolio of services aimed at improving people’s experience of work and leisure time, while making life easier for facilities, building and people managers. These include washroom services, workplace consumables, serviced floor mats, floor cleaning and restoration, interior and exterior landscaping, drinking water dispensers, document storage, compliance services, waste management and recycling services, balers and compactors, confidential waste disposal, workwear and workwear laundering, commercial laundry equipment, personal protective equipment, crate rental and playground safety surfacing.
The PHS Group’s annual turnover, for the year ending March 2012, was £422m.
PHS employs around 5,000 personnel, operates from a network of over 90 regional service branches, and takes care of over 250,000 customers at over 300,000 locations throughout the UK, Ireland, Holland, Belgium and Spain.

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