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					30 January 2009

UKHO supports greetings card recycling campaign

PICTURE CAPTION: Ian Scattergood, of James McNaughton Group, is pictured left receiving the haul of Christmas cards donated by UKHO staff from site manager Paul Mellor.

Eco friendly staff at the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) have rallied round to help support a call for used Christmas cards.

The appeal went out from paper company the James McNaughton Group, which supplies paper used to produce UKHO’s charts and nautical publications, in a bid to reduce the amount of festive cards going to landfill sites and to raise money for charity.

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UKHO production manager Paul Kelly, with support of the UKHO Facilities Management team and cleaning contractors Initial, arranged for collection bins to be placed at three locations across the Admiralty Way site in Taunton over the course of a two week period.

And as a result an impressive 83kg of Christmas cards were collected.

Ian Scattergood, corporate account manager with the James McNa ughton Group collected the donated cards from UKHO this week, and said: “We are encouraging all our customers to take part and for every tonne of greeting cards collected we will donate £250 to McMillan Cancer Relief.

“Setting up collection points in the workplace makes it easy for people to donate cards. The card collected will be transported into a central distribution centre and then go to our recycling plant to be made into cardboard.”

Mr Scattergood said it is hoped the scheme will collect 200,000 cards from customers across the country.

He added: “The cards collected at UKHO are helping get a step closer to that goal and we would like to say a huge ‘thank you’ to all the staff that supported this effort.”

Paul Kelly, UKHO production manager, said: “Recycling is something we take very seriously at UKHO and I am pleased that so many colleagues decided to support this very worthwhile effort.”

The scheme was so successful plans are being investigated to set up collection bins throughout the year so staff can donate birthday, anniversary and other greetings cards.

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The project is the latest green activity to be instigated by UKHO as part of the Eco Hydro initiative to improve the office’s sustainability a nd reduce impact on the environment.

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For more information contact: Tamsin Hodge, UKHO Media Manager 01823 337900 ext 3706 tamsin.hodge@ukho.gov.uk

Notes for Editors
1. The UKHO, which is part of the Ministry of Defence, has been charting the world’s oceans for more than 200 years with the primary aim of providing navigational services for the Royal Navy and merchant mariners to save and protect lives at sea. In addition it also serves the small craft and leisure mariners and provides a range of consultancy services. The UKHO produces a worldwide series of some 3,300 paper nautical charts and 160 publications under the Admiralty brand and has a growing portfolio of Electronic Navigational Charts (ENCs). These charts are sold globally and used by nearly 70 per cent of international shipping. The UKHO is a Trading Fund which means it is a government agency owned by the MoD with the freedom to trade commercially to generate revenue and cover running costs. The UKHO also plays a central role, in support of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, in discharging the navigation element of the UK’s Safety of Life at Sea Treaty obligations for waters of UK national responsibility.

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