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Marmax’s Community Efforts Recognised

- 17 Jul 2017

On Friday the 14th of July, some of the Marmax team headed to Wynyard Hall in the Tees Valley to attend the North-East Employee of the Year Awards 2017. The awards began with a lovely drinks reception followed by a dinner and the awards ceremony itself. Rubbing shoulders with other passionate North-East businesses and celebrating the talent and wealth of employees across the region made for an amazing night.

As well as enjoying the glitz and glam of the event, Marmax Recycled Products are happy to announce that we were awarded runner-up in the ‘Making A Difference In The Community’ award, for which we are hugely grateful. Having an organisation recognise the work we continue to do in our local community and throughout the North East, is something we’re extremely proud of.

Winning ‘Runner Up’ in this award was the highlight of an all-round amazing evening. Marmax would like to say a huge thank you to both the North-East Employee of the Year awards for hosting the evening, and to our loyal and continually growing customer base for giving us this platform that allows us to give back to our community. We are proud of our work to date and will continue to make caring for our community a priority as the company continues to grow. 


LOVE Northumberland…A Night To Remember

- 14 Jul 2017

On the 5th of July, we put on our dancing shoes and headed to Alnwick Gardens. Set alongside Alnwick Castle in Northumberland, the gardens were a sight to behold. With Summer just around the corner, Alnwick Gardens is bursting with life. From the rainbow of colours in the Rose Garden to the leaping water at the Cascade Waterfall, the grounds were the perfect venue for the LOVE Northumberland Awards.

The LOVE Northumberland campaign is a movement that aims to promote the work of the council and its partners in preserving and improving the environment in the county, celebrating community spirit and promoting county pride. As Marmax loves to find any opportunity to get involved with the community, as well as our continued involvement in creating a more sustainable future, Marmax knew they wanted to support this campaign that focuses on keeping the county clean and green.

The evening saw a number of awards being presented, from Outstanding Individual (someone whose efforts towards their local environment make them stand out from the crowd), to Best School Recycling Projects. People of all ages from all around the county were brought together to celebrate those who go the extra mile in protecting this wonderful part of the world. Marmax were proud to be able to present the Best School Recycling School Waste Award to the Grace Darling Campus, who were very deserving winners.
Marmax is a company that really focuses on the environmental impact its products have, choosing to make all of our products out of 100% UK recycled plastic. Getting to see the time and effort people across the area are dedicating to protecting the environment was truly remarkable. All in all, it was an amazing night.


From Bottles to Benches...

- 20 Jun 2017

Marmax Recycled Products recently attended the Glendale Children's Countryside Day. The event is aimed at teaching school children about all aspects of rural life, from sheep shearing to making girdle scones, the children were able to get stuck in and enjoy a great day, regardless of the rain.

One of the most exciting aspects of the day was the announcement of the winner of the 'Design a Bin Wagon Side' competition. Students were asked to draw a picture of the type of plastic bottle that could be recycled into one of Marmax's picnic benches. All 40 schools attending the show were invited to take part in the competition, and 14 Northumberland schools submitted up to 3 pictures each.

The competition was tough with over 36 different picture entries in total.  However, the designs had to be big and bold in design (completed on A4 landscape paper), and something that would stand out well when enlarged for the vehicle panel. 

The design also had to show the correct Northumberland recycling message - to encourage people to recycle all plastic bottles, no matter what size, shape or colour! 

Although the decision was tough, the winner of the competition - Olivia from The Grove School, was definitely deserving with her bright and characterful drawings of household bottles dreaming of being recycled!

A fantastic day all round.

 


Terrific Scientific's Rainforest Legacy: Terrific Tropical Trees

- 16 Jun 2017

United Bank of Carbon is delighted to launch Terrific Tropical Trees, whereby a tree is being planted in one of four new African forests for every school that completes the BBC's Terrific Scientific "Trees" Experiment.


United Bank of Carbon (UBoC) is a registered charity run from the University of Leeds that helps forge partnerships between businesses and international conservation initiatives.


Terrific Scientific is BBC Learning’s science project for 2017, with the Trees experiment taking place throughout May. In this, children from the UK’s 25,000 plus primary schools will learn why trees are important for our climate and then survey the trees that grow at their school, taking measurements and identifying the species from leaf charts supplied by The Woodland Trust. They’ll also count their trees, so they can work out how much carbon is stored at their school, and then upload the result to the BBC's Terrific Scientific map. Finally, they'll send their data to the Leeds Ecosystem, Atmosphere and Forest (LEAF) Centre at the University of Leeds for further processing.  - and by doing this they'll automatically adopt at least one Terrific Tropical Tree.


Terrific Tropical Trees was created to teach children about the value of tropical trees, and to show that steps can be taken to combat climate change. The trees in Kenya form part of Bettys and Taylors of Harrogate's Trees for Life project and will support local tea growers and schools. The trees in Tanzania are being sponsored by Samuel Grant Packaging as part of a University of York forest restoration experiment in partnership with Reforest Africa and Flamingo Land. The Ugandan trees are being planted by the Amuria Schools Tree Planting Project, and the Madagascan trees by women and children in the Education, Développement, Environnement Naturel project ‘Installing Forest Ownership Spirit in Our Community’ - with both being managed by the International Tree Foundation and sponsored by private donation.


Dr Cat Scott, Environmental Scientist and LEAF Coordinator said, “Today’s children are going to be the people in 20 or 30 years’ time making the big decisions about how society deals with the ongoing threat of climate change – we think it’s important that they grow up with an appreciation of the way that different parts of our environment are interconnected.”


Tom Bliss, UBoC'S Business Development Coordinator said, "Learning about climate change can be quite worrying, so we wanted to deliver a positive result that the children could feel part of. We chose to plant in Africa because tropical trees regulate the climate much better than UK trees, and investing there will also help hard-pressed local communities with jobs, food and other benefits from the trees. This is also a perfect example how businesses, academics and forest projects can work together for the public good - which is what UBoC is all about."


Samuel Grant Packaging are committed to reducing the impact that packaging has on the environment. They help their clients to reduce packaging consumption and waste and advise how all parts of the packaging process can be recycled and reused. Samuel Grant Packaging’s award-winning sister company, Marmax Recycled Products, reuse milk bottles to create high quality, durable, maintenance-free outdoor furniture and play equipment. They're sponsoring 4,000 Terrific Tropical Trees in Tanzania, as an extension to the Udzungwa Forest Project.


Andrew Grant, Samuel Grant Packaging's Managing Director, said, “Samuel Grant Packaging are delighted to support this project. It’s really important to us to give back to the environment, and it’s great to be able to further cement our partnership with UBOC and our local university.” 


Bettys & Taylors have been planting trees around the world through their Trees for Life campaign since 1990. Currently working near Mount Kenya, a vital tea growing area for the family business, they're helping farmers and schools to plant one million trees which will provide food, shade and shelter and improve the sustainability of farms. The additional 5,000 Terrific Tropical trees, often planted with Kenyan schools in partnership with the Kenyan Tea Development Agency, will help students to understand the importance of conservation and provide shade for the children to play and learn outdoors.


Simon Hotchkin, Head of Sustainable Development at Betty's and Taylors, said,We are delighted to be involved in the Terrific Tropical Trees legacy project. From the tree planting work we have done with schools both here in the UK and abroad we’ve seen how much they can help school children to benefit from and appreciate their outside environment. We hope that pupils taking part in the project will enjoy learning about how trees are making a difference to their peers in countries far from their own.”  

United Bank of Carbon is delighted to launch Terrific Tropical Trees, whereby a tree is being planted in one of four new African forests for every school that completes the BBC's Terrific Scientific "Trees" Experiment.

 

United Bank of Carbon (UBoC) is a registered charity run from the University of Leeds that helps forge partnerships between businesses and international conservation initiatives.

 

Terrific Scientific is BBC Learning’s science project for 2017, with the Trees experiment taking place throughout May. In this, children from the UK’s 25,000 plus primary schools will learn why trees are important for our climate and then survey the trees that grow at their school, taking measurements and identifying the species from leaf charts supplied by The Woodland Trust. They’ll also count their trees, so they can work out how much carbon is stored at their school, and then upload the result to the BBC's Terrific Scientific map. Finally, they'll send their data to the Leeds Ecosystem, Atmosphere and Forest (LEAF) Centre at the University of Leeds for further processing.  - and by doing this they'll automatically adopt at least one Terrific Tropical Tree.

 

Terrific Tropical Trees was created to teach children about the value of tropical trees, and to show that steps can be taken to combat climate change. The trees in Kenya form part of Bettys and Taylors of Harrogate's Trees for Life project and will support local tea growers and schools. The trees in Tanzania are being sponsored by Samuel Grant Packaging as part of a University of York forest restoration experiment in partnership with Reforest Africa and Flamingo Land. The Ugandan trees are being planted by the Amuria Schools Tree Planting Project, and the Madagascan trees by women and children in the Education, Développement, Environnement Naturel project ‘Installing Forest Ownership Spirit in Our Community’ - with both being managed by the International Tree Foundation and sponsored by private donation.

 

Dr Cat Scott, Environmental Scientist and LEAF Coordinator said, “Today’s children are going to be the people in 20 or 30 years’ time making the big decisions about how society deals with the ongoing threat of climate change – we think it’s important that they grow up with an appreciation of the way that different parts of our environment are interconnected.”

 

Tom Bliss, UBoC'S Business Development Coordinator said, "Learning about climate change can be quite worrying, so we wanted to deliver a positive result that the children could feel part of. We chose to plant in Africa because tropical trees regulate the climate much better than UK trees, and investing there will also help hard-pressed local communities with jobs, food and other benefits from the trees. This is also a perfect example how businesses, academics and forest projects can work together for the public good - which is what UBoC is all about."

 

Samuel Grant Packaging are committed to reducing the impact that packaging has on the environment. They help their clients to reduce packaging consumption and waste and advise how all parts of the packaging process can be recycled and reused. Samuel Grant Packaging’s award-winning sister company, Marmax Recycled Products, reuse milk bottles to create high quality, durable, maintenance-free outdoor furniture and play equipment. They're sponsoring 4,000 Terrific Tropical Trees in Tanzania, as an extension to the Udzungwa Forest Project.

 

Andrew Grant, Samuel Grant Packaging's Managing Director, said, “Samuel Grant Packaging are delighted to support this project. It’s really important to us to give back to the environment, and it’s great to be able to further cement our partnership with UBOC and our local university.” 

 

Bettys & Taylors have been planting trees around the world through their Trees for Life campaign since 1990. Currently working near Mount Kenya, a vital tea growing area for the family business, they're helping farmers and schools to plant one million trees which will provide food, shade and shelter and improve the sustainability of farms. The additional 5,000 Terrific Tropical trees, often planted with Kenyan schools in partnership with the Kenyan Tea Development Agency, will help students to understand the importance of conservation and provide shade for the children to play and learn outdoors.

 

Simon Hotchkin, Head of Sustainable Development at Betty's and Taylors, said,We are delighted to be involved in the Terrific Tropical Trees legacy project. From the tree planting work we have done with schools both here in the UK and abroad we’ve seen how much they can help school children to benefit from and appreciate their outside environment. We hope that pupils taking part in the project will enjoy learning about how trees are making a difference to their peers in countries far from their own.” 


Marmax Product Focus - Recycled Plastic Potting Table

- 09 Jun 2017

Now that the summer months are rolling in, why not make the most of them with our Recycled Plastic Potting Table? The potting table is the perfect height to allow little ones to get stuck into learning the basics of gardening and growing their own produce.

 

Our potting table is a tangible learning tool to introduce topics such as healthy eating, and, as it’s made from 100% recycled plastic – sustainability. Whether it’s growing their own lunches, or planting some bright flowering plants, the potting table is the ideal addition to any community centre, playground, or even your own garden.

 

Made from 100% recycled HDPE plastic, this potting table is maintenance-free, does not rot, corrode or splinter and the colours do not fade in the sun. As the plastic is a sturdy material, it can endure heavy-usage from children of all ages.

 

To find out more about this product, follow the link to view the table, or contact us on 01207 283 442 to find out more.

 

 

http://www.marmax-products.uk/Recycled-Plastic-Potting-Table?search=%20Recycled%20Plastic%20Potting%20Table


Green World Awards - The Award Is In!

- 19 May 2017

In 2016, Marmax Recycled Products were awarded by The Green Organisation the Green World Global Bronze Award for New and Recycled Products!

This is an amazing achievement and we’re so proud to have our work recognised by such a renowned organisation. Unfortunately, as the awards ceremony was held in South Korea, we were unable to attend the event in person. However, we were kindly sent our award and it now has pride of place in the office.

From Buddy Benches to Dog Agility Equipment, we continue to strive to make innovative, practical and stylish furniture that benefits both the consumer and the environment by saving millions of plastic bottles from landfill.     

In 2016, Marmax Recycled Products were awarded by The Green Organisation the Green World Global Bronze Award for New and Recycled Products!

This is an amazing achievement and we’re so proud to have our work recognised by such a renowned organisation. Unfortunately, as the awards ceremony was held in South Korea, we were unable to attend the event in person. However, we were kindly sent our award and it is now pride of place in the office.

From Buddy Benches to Dog Agility Equipment, we continue to strive to make innovative, practical and stylish furniture that benefits both the consumer and the environment by saving millions of plastic bottles from landfill.     


This Is Why We Do It.

- 15 May 2017

Here at Marmax, we’re always innovating new ways to develop and use recycled plastic in order to create furniture and equipment for all weathers and industries.

Our partnership with charities focussed on the betterment of the environment through recycling, such as Recoup.org, enables the team to further develop and spread the message of sustainable furniture.

                There are many new emerging issues of environment, such as the ocean waste crisis, and it is issues like this that make the products at Marmax so worthy of consideration.

When The Western Garbage Patch was discovered in 1985 -1988, the true damage that plastic in our oceans causes was brought to the world’s attention. This Garbage Patch, reckoned to be almost the size of a continent, is full of small pieces of plastic, which in turn gets eaten by the wildlife.

Over the past 70 years, the planet has become accustomed to single use plastic, and we are using over 350 million tonnes of plastic every year.

This is a hugely impactful environmental issue. Therefore, the relevance of saving over 245 million plastic bottles from landfill, as Marmax has done, has never been greater.

Alongside the Great Pacific Garbage patch, the fact is that around 50% of all plastic is used once and then thrown away.

Marmax wants this to change, and to improve and save costs for educational, animal and social facilities along the way.

Our aim is to recycle and deliver top quality, long-lasting and fully sustainable equipment. We continue to need that plastic, and so does our environment.


Marmax Product Focus The Buddy Bench

- 10 May 2017

Marmax Recycled Products prides themselves on their ability to focus their energies on new and emerging social issues. The innovation team at the company spend time ensuring their product is not only durable, safe and sustainable, but is also a benefit to the community.

Due to new anti-bullying initiatives introduced by the government, Marmax pioneered a new type of bench with a dual purpose: to be a 100% recycled and recyclable piece of sturdy equipment, and also to promote inclusivity in schools and common areas.

The gentle curve of the buddy bench, as well as the option to be delivered in multi-colour, ensures that children and toddlers are attracted to the concept of socialising with each other on a safe and splinter-free outdoor bench.

As well as the multi-colour, the buddy bench comes in a simple brown, which is ideal in an SEN environment, providing enrichment to those who require quiet and calm surroundings.

This multi-use and inclusive piece of outdoor furniture comes with a 20 year guarantee and has been met with hugely positive reviews by both the educational and leisure facilities that have incorporated it into their setting.

http://www.marmax-products.uk/Junior-Buddy-Bench?search=buddy%20

For more information you can contact the team at Marmax:

01207 283442


Olympic Picnic Bench - Product Focus

- 02 May 2017

Marmax Recycled Products are proud to introduce the Olympic Picnic Bench, one of our best selling pieces of outdoor furniture.

Made using 100% recycled plastic, this hard-wearing, weatherproof and splinter-proof bench can seat up to eight people, and allows for minimal upkeep.

Having been designed, created and distributed with quality and sustainability in mind, these pieces of furniture are ideal for outdoor use, and come in a range of different colours.

Whether for a beer garden or for a new outdoor area for children, the bench can act as a peaceful retreat or as an adult accompaniment to some of the Marmax play areas that are on offer.

You can see the Olympic Picnic Bench by following the below link, so discuss it further by contacting our sales team at Marmax on: 01207 283442

http://www.marmax-products.uk/Olympic-Recycled-Plastic-Picnic-Bench



Marmax Recycled Products - Made In Britain.

- 26 Apr 2017

Marmax Recycled Products is focussed on providing strong, durable and sustainable equipment, which is made from recycled plastic.

So far, we've saved over 245 million plastic milk bottles from landfill since first opening its doors; and our success and sustainability continues to grow.

Amongst the many products on offer, Marmax have created some wonderful Dog Agility equipment for the purposes of training pets, especially those in a rescue environment.

We attend shows and exhibitions in order to showcase these specific pieces, and we are very pleased to be displaying our most recent innovation with the Association of Dog and Cat Homes Show, as well as attending shows to help them offer sustainable options for attendees, such as the Harrogate Flower show at the end of April.

Alongside the incredible equipment for animals, Marmax is proud to also produce sustainable furniture and equipment for a range of other sectors, predominantly outdoor areas and educational facilities. Using UK-based suppliers and adding to the UK effort to lower landfill and waste, Marmax is dedicated and proud to be a British company with green values.

As Made in Britain members, we also continually strive to support British Schools, businesses and Charities and to design, build and distribute our furniture, which is 100% recycled and recyclable, throughout the UK and beyond.

Our MD, Jackie Robshaw, says of Made in Britain:

“We are proud to be members of the Made in Britain campaign.  We value, and are very proud of our heritage and are keen to promote our quality, sustainable products through this great organisation.”

Please contact the team at Marmax with any queries or questions, the team will be happy to offer advice.


A Successful Show at PUB17

- 06 Mar 2017

Marmax attended the PUB17 show on 7th and 8th February which was a great success.

Marmax Products 100% recycled plastic outdoor furniture was not only on display at our fabulous stand, but was also in the ‘pub garden’ which had been created and was used by lots of guests who attended the show. We also had a lot of interest on the stand for our furniture and also our new range of Bistro planters.

We had a competition running over the course of the show which was to win one of our recycled plastic heavy duty picnic benches. Sean Donkin from The Inn Collection Group in Alnwick was the lucky winner. Congratulations to you and we all hope you enjoy your new product.

There was a great variety of stands over the 2 days which offered lots of free samples like gin, beer, soft drinks, food and even hangover cures!

 

We were inspired by the talks which took place in the Pub Theatre; in particular the talk by Amy Lamè from London’s Night Czar.

 

Marmax had a great 2 days at the show and met some really interesting people.

 

Please visit our website to view our vast product range. www.marmax-products.uk

Marmax attended the PUB17 show on 7th and 8th February which was a great success.

Marmax Products 100% recycled plastic outdoor furniture was not only on display at our fabulous stand, but was also in the ‘pub garden’ which had been created and was used by lots of guests who attended the show. We also had a lot of interest on the stand for our furniture and also our new range of Bistro planters.

We had a competition running over the course of the show which was to win one of our recycled plastic heavy duty picnic benches. Sean Donkin from The Inn Collection Group in Alnwick was

the lucky winner. Congratulations to you and we all hope you enjoy your new product.

There was a great variety of stands over the 2 days which offered lots of free samples like gin, beer, soft drinks, food and even hangover cures!

 

We were inspired by the talks which took place in the Pub Theatre; in particular the talk by Amy LamèAnchor from London’s Night Czar.

 

Marmax had a great 2 days at the show and met some really interesting people.

 

Please visit our website to view our vast product range. www.marmax-products.uk

 


Telesales Coordinator Vacancy

- 03 Mar 2017

We are looking to recruit an experienced Tele Sales Coordinator to join our successful sales team based in Stanley. In this office based role you will be tasked with achieving sales targets through developing customer relationships and utilising excellent product knowledge and selling skills.  Working in a small team, selling both to existing markets such as schools and councils as well as identifying and developing new markets.  Key duties will include:

·         Maintaining and developing relationships with existing customers via telephone, email and mail-shots.

·         Developing new markets and business opportunities in line with Company products.

·         Cold calling potential new customers from databases.

·         Following up new leads from customer enquiries, converting incoming inquiries into confirmed orders

·         Upselling to maximize sales

·         Preparing and sending out quotations for customers.

·         Answer the telephone and divert incoming calls whenever necessary to the relevant person/department or take a message

·         Deal with customer complaints, investigating issues with relevant departments with aim of resolving promptly and escalating to manager when required.


This is a great opportunity to sell a fantastic range of products which are made from 100% recycled plastic and produced on site by us. The successful candidate will have experience of selling Business to Business over the phone and be able to generate their own customer leads.  Experience of selling technical bespoke products would also be advantageous. You will have previously worked successfully to call targets and sales targets, have a consultative sales approach and be a strong team player.


The successful candidate will receive a competitive salary, 25 days holiday, Contributory pension scheme, Medical Cash Plan, excellent bonus earning potential, training and development opportunities plus lots more.


To apply please send your CV and covering letter detailing your salary expectations to Natalief@samuelgrant.co.uk.  



Marmax and Dogs Trust work hand in hand

- 27 Feb 2017

At the biannual Dogs Trust rehoming Centre Staff Conference the room was buzzing with a great atmosphere, and teams from all 21 Dogs Trust centres attended with Marmax in tow.

One of the highlights of the event was the competition to help improve existing agility equipment, created using 100% recycled plastic material. This competition allowed the teams to be innovative and use their wealth of skill and experience and design their dream piece of agility equipment to feedback their knowledge to the team at Marmax, who in turn gladly develop these products for Dogs Trust.

After the dinner and addresses, the judges announced their winning product, which Marmax are all too pleased to help bring to life.

The winning team, from the Shoreham rehoming centre, created a product that supported sensory environmental enrichment for the dogs in their care, encouraging training to also be fun, and is currently being tested for real use.

As Marmax was present at the event, they were able to gain first hand insight into the importance of creating and developing equipment from those most passionate about the animals that use the products.

The teams from Dogs Trust were thrilled to be able to have this engagement and input into the care of the animals, and Marmax’s presence was very warmly welcomed! This partnership has grown and will continue to thrive in 2017, with every purchase of agility equipment bought by Dogs Trust rehoming centres, Marmax Products will donate 5% to Dogs Trust which will help them build a better future for over 15,000 dogs every year!


New Brochures for 2017!

- 16 Feb 2017

The New Year has brought new products to Marmax, and that means brand new brochures! Our 2017 Education and Brewery brochures are now available.

Marmax Recycled Products prides itself on making 100% UK Recycled plastic furniture and play equipment for education, as well as producing business and leisure equipment for all types of industry.

We’ve been awarded Champion Business 2015 and International Greener Business Award, leading to Green Ambassador Status in 2017. These accolades represent Marmax’s strive for a greener tomorrow, and showcases our product innovation whilst doing so.

So if you’re looking for anything, from SEN specialised play equipment, through to picnic benches for your beer garden, be sure to check out our 2017 brochures.


http://www.marmax-products.uk/2017_brewery/



Pub 17 - We're Coming for you!

- 02 Feb 2017

Marmax Recycled Plastic Products are attending one of the largest Pub shows of the year, PUB 17. Taking place on the 07th and 08th Feb, at Olympia London, we will be showcasing some of our fantastic products and will be available for enquiries.

As leading providers of recycled outdoor furniture, Marmax can boast a huge array of equipment for outdoor use for every element of the leisure industry.

With a staggering 20 year guarantee, and with furniture that is non-splinter, doesn’t fade and doesn’t rot, you can be sure you are getting the best quality in a full complement of products. This includes outdoor seating, waste areas and play equipment to name just a few.

The company has grown with the increased awareness of environmental issues and is proudly and firmly in the forefront of the drive to reduce landfill and make waste a resource rather than a problem.

Please visit us at Stand 175 for more information or to be in with a chance of winning one of our fantastic Heavy Duty Picnic Benches for your business!





Spruce Up Framwellgate Moor & Fence House

- 02 Feb 2017

A third County Durham community is set to benefit from a ‘Spruce Up.’

Durham County Council’s Operation Spruce Up has arrived in Framwellgate Moor in Durham, following successful stints at Spennymoor and Fencehouses.

Spruce Up takes one settlement at a time and combines the council activities of highways, street cleaning, regeneration, grounds maintenance and others for a thorough tidy up. The council joins forces with schools, businesses and community groups to give town and village centres across the county a 'deep clean.'

The work began at Framwellgate Moor on Monday 23 January and will take place on Front Street as well as the two shopping areas on Priory Road.

It will involve installation of new benches on Finchale Road, the sweeping and clearing of footpaths, the painting and cleaning of street lights and the removal of weeds and debris from paths and green spaces.

Channels will also be cleared, chewing gum removed from footpaths, bollard and fencing painted and gullies cleared.

The council is also teaming up with Framwellgate Moor Primary School to deliver assemblies, which will seek to educate children on the importance of keeping their communities looking shipshape. In addition, a poster competition will be held for pupils with the winning entry being displayed around school and locally. The children will also be helping with planting.

Spruce Up will see one location chosen each month, with one town or village centre from each of the council’s 14 Area Action Partnerships to get the treatment before December 2017.

It launched at Spennymoor in November before moving onto Fencehouses last month.

Spruce Up Fencehouses saw three planters, donated by Tanfield Lea based Marmax Recycled Plastic Products Ltd, planted by children from the village’s Woodlea Primary School and 1st Bournmoor Scouts.

Kate Stewart, Marketing Executive for Marmax Products Ltd, said: “It was great to donate the planters to the local Scout group, especially coming from a County Durham business to such a deserving County Durham community group.

“We hope it provides a real feature to the area and enjoyment to the group and residents of Fencehouses for many years to come”

Oliver Sherratt, the council’s head of direct services, said: “The reaction we’ve had from both Spennymoor and Fencehouses has been excellent and people are telling us Spruce Up is really making a difference to where they live.

“We’re looking forward to getting stuck in at Framwellgate Moor and it’ll be great to have local children on board once again.

“We’re confident Spruce Up will prove just as popular there.”  



ON THE WAY TO GREEN GLORY

- 12 Sep 2016

Marmax Products has won a Green World Environment Award in the international campaign to find the world's greenest countries, companies and communities.


They competed against more than 500 other nominations in the Green World Awards for Environmental Best Practice, and they will be presented with their trophy and certificate at a glittering presentation in Bucheon, South Korea on October 28.


As a result of this Green World Award success, they have been invited to have their winning paper published in The Green Book, the leading international work of reference on environmental best practice, so that others around the world can follow their example and learn from their achievement.


The awards are organised by The Green Organisation, an international, independent, non-political, non-profit environment group dedicated to recognising, rewarding and promoting environmental best practice around the world.


They are supported by the Environment Agency, the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, the Chartered Institution for Wastes Management and other independent bodies.



MARMAX ON THE WAY TO GREEN GLORY

- 22 Aug 2016

Marmax products  based in Stanley, County Durham, has won a Green Apple Environment Award in the international campaign to find the greenest companies, councils and communities.

They competed against more than 500 other nominations in the Green Apple Awards for Environmental Best Practice, and they will be presented with their trophy and certificate at a glittering presentation ceremony in the Houses of Parliament, London on November 11.

As a result of this Green Apple Award success, they have been invited to have their winning paper published in The Green Book, the leading international work of reference on environmental best practice, so that others around the world can follow their example and learn from their achievement.

They could also progress to represent their country in the Green World Awards, and the European Business Awards for the Environment.

The Green Apple Awards began in 1994 and have become established as the country’s major recognition for environmental endeavour among companies, councils, communities and countries.   

The awards are organised by The Green Organisation, an international, independent, non-political, non-profit environment group dedicated to recognising, rewarding and promoting environmental best practice around the world. 

The Green Apple Awards are supported by the Environment Agency, the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, the Chartered Institution for Wastes Management and other independent bodies. 

If you know a company, council or community that deserves recognition for its environmental efforts, you can nominate them for a Green Apple Award by telephoning 01604.810507.


Green World ambassadors Status 3rd Year Running

- 11 Aug 2016

MARMAX PRODUCTS, based in STANLEY, COUNTY DURHAM, have been honoured as International Green World Ambassadors at a special ceremony on Monday August 8, 2016 at The Crystal, London Docklands – regarded as the most sustainable events venue in the UK.

This recognition comes as a result of the environmental success of their SPECIAL EDUCATION NEEDS RANGE Project which won a Green Apple Environment Award, presented at Westminster Palace in November last year.

As a result of that success, they are having their winning paper published in The Green Book, the world’s only annual work of reference on environmental best practice that is distributed to environment professionals, universities and libraries around the world by The Green Organisation.

The award judges commented: “This range of products for outdoor play at special educational needs schools had a range of criteria to fulfil before being deemed fit for purpose. By being made from 100% recycled HDPE, mostly from milk bottles, it ticks the eco-schools and sustainable schools boxes, but by being cleverly designed to be safe yet entertaining it ticks the all-important “happy kids” box too.”

The winning paper now goes forward for further judging and entry into The Green World Awards for the Environment; the campaign to find the “greenest” organisation in the world.

 

This presentation takes place in Seoul, South Korea in October.

MARMAX PRODUCTS, based in STANLEY, COUNTY DURHAM, have been honoured as International Green World Ambassadors at a special ceremony on Monday August 8, 2016 at The Crystal, London Docklands – regarded as the most sustainable events venue in the UK.

This recognition comes as a result of the environmental success of their SPECIAL EDUCATION NEEDS RANGE Project which won a Green Apple Environment Award, presented at Westminster Palace in November last year.

As a result of that success, they are having their winning paper published in The Green Book, the world’s only annual work of reference on environmental best practice that is distributed to environment professionals, universities and libraries around the world by The Green Organisation.

The award judges commented: “This range of products for outdoor play at special educational needs schools had a range of criteria to fulfil before being deemed fit for purpose. By being made from 100% recycled HDPE, mostly from milk bottles, it ticks the eco-schools and sustainable schools boxes, but by being cleverly designed to be safe yet entertaining it ticks the all-important “happy kids” box too.”

The winning paper now goes forward for further judging and entry into The Green World Awards for the Environment; the campaign to find the “greenest” organisation in the world.

This presentation takes place in Seoul, South Korea in October.


Love Northumberland Awards 2016

- 02 Aug 2016

Marmax Products were delighted to participate in the Love Northumberland Awards again for the 4th year running and provide prizes to the two winning schools.

The Love Northumberland Awards are designed to reward the achievements in school recycling and waste minimisation. Nominations were invited from Northumberland schools for projects that reinforce the Northumberland County Council recycling and waste reduction messages which benefit the wider environment and local community.  Two schools were awarded for their hard work.

The runners up of the campaign were Grange View C of E First School and this is what they did to achieve this award:  

·         The School council team have been encouraging recycling throughout the school by educating children and staff to use the correct bins in each classroom.

·         The children learnt about recycling in assembly from the council and were then inspired to go home and tell their families about it.

·         Recycling at home tally charts and information were sent home to encourage families to count what they recycled over a week – The families recycled 301 plastic bottles, 392 food and drinks cans and 670 bits of paper and cardboard.

·         They discovered that as a school, from the plastic bottles they recycled in one week, they saved enough energy to power a lightbulb for 180 hours or a television from 135 hours.



The overall winners of the campaign were Newsham Primary School. Northumberland County Council thought their project was very deserving of first place for the following reasons:

·         Newsham Primary School has a Junior Leadership Team (JLT) with a representative from every Year 2 – 6 class 2 – 6 class in school.

·         Recycling in the school was a very popular suggestion as an area for improvement and something that the JLT were very passionate about.

·         The JLT went on to set up a very effective recycling in school programme.

·         As part of the education aspect of their scheme, the JLT came up with posters and leaflets to give out to each class so it was clear what could and couldn’t be recycled.

·         They are currently creating some Early Years materials so they can reinforce their message with the youngest children.

·         Recently, Newsham Primary School also took part in the launch of the Love Northumberland, Hate Litter Campaign. Members of the local Co-Operative, a local Councillor and the JLT went into Newsham and tided up a messy area of the community – an area which members of the Residents Association had previously raised concerns about.

·         Newsham Priamry intends to make litter reduction a huge part of their scheme going forward. They are going to have a big launch in school and plan to set up a mentoring scheme to engage and educate as many people in the community as possible.

·         The success of recycling in school, has led to other initiatives being developed to tackle other areas of waste. The school now have compost bins and fruit and vegetable waste is now being recycled to help them grow their own fruit and vegetables to be used in school. As well as this, they have held several clothing drives in an effort to get the school community to recycle unwanted clothing items.

·         The JLT’s recycling system has worked so well that they now have plans to implement it in other schools in Blyth in the future.

David Gregory, Teacher at Newsham Pimary School said, “It is our goal to educate and inspire others about the need to take pride in where we live and keep our town and county tidy”


Grange View C of E First School received a Junior Picnic Bench in Rainbow for their school and Newsham Primary School received a Buddy Bench in Rainbow for their school, both courtesy of Marmax Products.