Mark Adair

Newcastle office park sees reward in new recycling initiative

A Newcastle office park has launched an innovative new recycling project as part of its ongoing commitment to protect the environment.

Quorum Park which has linked up with Metrisk, a creative sales promotion consultancy and service provider who moved to the Longbenton site last year, to encourage tenants to hand in their hard-to-recycle food packaging waste and be rewarded for it.

The Scan2Recycle scheme, which is already in use by high street retailer Boots, is being rolled out in a move that sees collection bins set up at various locations around the park.

Tenants can be rewarded for disposing of their hard-to-recycle packaging by signing up for a Quorum Scan2Recycle account, saving images of their packaging and then depositing their crisp packets, sweet wrappers, plastic cups and trays at a dedicated recycle point and confirming the deposit by scanning the unique QR code.

Scan2Recycle, which is powered by bespoke mobile phone technology developed by Metrisk to encourage consumers to recycle more packaging waste, is being trialled by Quorum Park from mid-May to mid-August. It’s then expected that the scheme will be adopted on a more permanent basis.

Laura McGrath, events and sustainability lead, said Quorum Park is committed to sustainability projects as it works towards a net zero carbon future and Scan2Recycle is seen as the latest innovative initiative that will contribute towards achieving this.

She added, “we are committed to reducing our carbon footprint and look forward to this exciting and inclusive scheme having a significant impact with positive feedback from occupiers and visitors already being received.”

Alistair Morelli, co-founder of Metrisk & Scan2Recycle, added, “we are delighted to partner with Quorum on this scheme which promises to divert what is commonly referred to as ‘hard-to-recycle items’ from landfill, together we can make a difference. Even better, every time you enter the scheme you have a chance to win as part of the monthly draw for Amazon vouchers!”

Quorum Park offices meet the requirements of a post lockdown returning workforce with space that can be adapted as technology evolves, working patterns change and personnel come and go. They also offer the capacity to design a fit-out that reflects the size and working ethos of the individual workforce rather than asking people to adapt to the building in which they work.

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