15 Ways to Teach Recycling


In the UK, we are producing approximately 22.8 million tonnes of waste going to landfill – that’s a lot! Though our recycling rates are gradually increasing, currently at 45.2%, there’s still another 55% to go. The global leaders of recycling Germany, Austria and South Korea, with rates between 50-60%, show us that improvements can be made. So, why not start off young?

Engaging our children to recycle, reduce and reuse, not only benefits the environment but encourages the next generation to be more responsible, more resourceful, less wasteful and wider-thinking. From educating which materials can be recycled, to reducing the more environmentally harmful items we buy and consume, and to making use of the things that we do have by giving things a second life through reuse, we can empower our children in decision-making, problem-solving and even handling money!

Children can learn that their actions can go on to do good things; avoiding landfills has knock-on effects of deforestation, land devastation and socio-related issues; reducing air and water pollution; and minimising the extraction and production of raw materials, to name a few. This in turn will allow a sense of responsibility and control in their own environments, meaning that they are more likely to look after such things better, including themselves.

And this can be done by educating any age through interactive, fun games and activities, and encouraging small actions to make big impacts, ensuring recycling isn’t such a bore nor a chore!

Here are a few suggestions listed below. Give them a go and put your children in the know.


Use the fun, interesting facts from our downloadable Mix n Match Fact Worksheet !

Use the fun, interesting facts from our downloadable Mix n Match Fact Worksheet !

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Use our downloadable    Recycle Resource Pack    to let you know what is or is not recycled, along with labels, facts & tips!

Use our downloadable Recycle Resource Pack to let you know what is or is not recycled, along with labels, facts & tips!

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Our downloadable    Recycle Resource Pack    is packed with info, facts and tips from your choose from!

Our downloadable Recycle Resource Pack is packed with info, facts and tips from your choose from!

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Here are some ideas    for costumes and decorations!

Here are some ideas for costumes and decorations!


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For tips, info, worksheets and more ideas on making waste-free lunches, click here for    Waste Free Lunch Resources    !

For tips, info, worksheets and more ideas on making waste-free lunches, click here for Waste Free Lunch Resources !

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Click the image to make your pledge to Recycle at Home today and be in to win an Amazon Kindle Fire!

Click the image to make your pledge to Recycle at Home today and be in to win an Amazon Kindle Fire!

And The Winner of Last Month's Segregate Challenge is....


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Will won a Sustainability Hamper to kick-start his waste-free lifestyle for pledging to Segregate

his waste.


Will from Mead Open Farm pledged to take on the challenge to segregate as much of his waste as possible, and to encourage others to do the same!

As the winner of the Segregate Challenge, Will won a Sustainability Hamper by LowToxBox, filled with quality reusable items, such as stainless steel drinks bottle, straw and lunchbox, reusable bee’s wax food wrap, a reusable canvas bag and mesh produce bag, along with a fully recycled notepad, to kick-start his waste-free lifestyle to living sustainably.

Found out more about September’s challenge to Recycle at Home and make a pledge to do more recycling within the home! It’s Recycle Week 23rd-29th September so get involved and receive our downloadable Resource Pack with everything you need to know about recycling, including the household items you may not have known to be recyclable!

And The Winner of Last Months Glass Challenge is....


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Eleanor won a Recycled Glass Wine Set for pledging to recycle or reuse her Glass Waste.

Eleanor from Bedford Hospital NHS Trust pledged to take on the challenge to recycle or reuse as much of her glass as possible, and to encourage others to do the same!

As the winner of the Glass Challenge, Eleanor won a set of 4 Large Wine Glasses made by recycled glass in line with the Fair Trade movement that advocates fair prices and socio-environmental standards in developing countries, where the product was made - Bolivia in this case! - to alleviate global poverty and to promote sustainability.

This is a great example of a small change, in consumer power, that can lead to bigger positive impacts!

10 Benefits of Waste Segregation

Waste Management is at the core of our health, environment, livelihoods and even business! That’s why incorporating an efficient Environmental Management System, such as segregating waste, is important to ensure clean and healthy environments, to protect our health and our planet, as well as our pockets. Find out how and why, here:

1.      Improves your health

Correct waste management decreases the exposure to toxins (as mentioned below) and so, decreases risk of heart disease, respiratory disease, asthma and emphysema.

2.      Reduces toxins entering our atmosphere

Ecological contamination, through the extraction, production and incineration processes, as well as ozone-depleting substances like methane and carbon monoxide, is also reduced. Improving air and land quality and reducing the global carbon footprint.

3.      Keeps environments clean and fresh

Segregating waste also lends itself to a more pleasant environment, cutting back on the potential for foul odours as mixed waste combines, degrades, gives off fumes and stagnates.

4.      Minimises land occupation

By removing waste materials that cannot be degraded easily, up to 80% of waste is saved from going to landfill and will help to replenish the land affected.

5.      Reduces costs

Waste segregation holds value, while contamination reduces value. Segregated waste costs less to process, whereas mixed recycling requires the cost of labour to sort it. For businesses, waste management cost is significantly lower for this reason. Additionally, the process of recycling is more efficient, meaning less expenditure needed for the making of a totally new product and thus is more affordable for everyone!

6.      Turns waste into treasure

Preparing waste preserves valuable properties in materials that we can then reuse to make into another functional product. This way, a new product can be made without the extraction and production of raw material resources, reducing expenses to our pockets and the Earth). Essentially, rubbish creates great resources and profits! Here are some examples;

  • 1500 tons of recycled waste paper can produce the equivalent of 1200 tons of paper produced by trees

  • One ton of glass can produce 2000 500g glass bottles, saving one ton of coal and 40% of energy

  • 100 recycled beverage bottles can make 80 new bottles by the decontamination process

7.      Generates and saves energy

Waste energy is a by-product of some waste incineration methods. Modern advances are developing to capture the energy produced in incineration to be put to further use and generate electricity. Ensuring nothing goes to waste and is put back into the cycle.

8.      Provides as a new source of revenue

Some waste products can even be sold on to other businesses that reuse or recycle the materials

9.      Increases work and business opportunities

The development of efficient and sustainable waste management is opening up new roles and business opportunities, with each stage needing labour, expertise, science and technology. Furthermore, many large companies and government organisations won't work with businesses that do not have an Environmental Management System in place.

10.  Boosts morale and incorporates good practices

Morale can be boosted by being part of a responsible company or collective. Receiving the feel-good factor through sustainable actions and methods, providing a level of responsibility and empowerment.


With these small changes, we will have a big impact!

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*Take the pledge to segregate your waste here and receive our Resource Pack with tips, impacts, facts and the templates you need to spread the word and to get you started on making small actions towards a big impact!

You may also be in the change to win an exclusive ‘Sustainability Hamper’ by LowToxBox, with all the everyday essentials you need to reduce your waste + some extra surprise goodies included! visit  www.lowtoxbox.com for more!

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Waste Segregation and Contamination

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We have all heard about it, with the term sustainability becoming more and more ingrained in our news, business models and daily habits, recycling and waste management is pushing its way to the forefront of our attention.

 However, there’s always room for improvement! Despite recycling information, services and facilities being more widespread and accessible, recycling has increased by only 0.9% since 2017. This is because of recycling contamination.

 What is recycling contamination?

Recycling contamination is caused by improper preparation or disposal of waste material/items. The cause? -Food residue and uncleaned items, mixing non-recyclables with recyclables and even putting a recyclable item into the wrong recycling facility. Just one ounce of food or incorrect item found within a tonne of recyclable waste is enough to send the whole lot to landfill, putting our recycling efforts to waste, literally!

The best and effective way to combat this deceivingly small issue is waste segregation! Carefully segregating waste into different categories allows the sorting and disposal of waste to become much easier and environmentally efficient. Waste segregation lessens the need for the extraction of raw materials, lower levels of pollution (from production processes) and reduced amounts of waste going to landfill (which are exceeding capacity rates faster than ever!). This also costs us less economically on an annual average expenditure.


So here are just a few tips for doing just that;

Waste segregation:

1.      Identify categories for segregation

(Wet and dry/Organic and non-organic/recyclable and non-recyclable)

2.      Assign separate bins for each category and place where most needed

I.e. in your kitchen you may have one bin for organic waste (food), another for dry recyclable waste and another for general waste

3.      Ensure proper waste disposal for each category

Wet waste to be removed every day to avoid rot and dry waste at least once a week

4.      Partner up with waste segregation schemes and services

By doing so, you can save money through minimised waste management costs – check out Cawleys Infinity Programme!

To avoid recycling contamination:

1.      Identify which materials are recyclable or not, using recycling labels

Click here to download our Recycling Resource Pack with all recycling information

2.      Empty and rinse all containers

Clear all food or content residue and for better results, leave to dry

3.      Have different bins/facilities assigned to segregate your recyclable waste

Refrain from using plastic bags in your recyclable waste. However, use larger see-through bags if no collection bin is allocated or have mixed recycling bin only – or better, use paper bags.


With these small changes, we will have a big impact!

 Ineffective waste management is at the tip of the iceberg with impacts trickling towards further landfill, environmental degradation, pollution and ultimately, costing us more money.

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For more information on waste segregation, reuse & recycling, and what to do with each recyclable waste material, visit the SABI website www.smallactionbigimpact.com


Take the pledge to segregate your waste here today and receive our Resource Pack with tips, impacts, facts and the templates you need to spread the word and to get you started on making small actions towards a big impact!

 You may also be in the change to win an exclusive ‘Sustainability Hamper’ by LowToxBox, with all the everyday essentials you need to reduce your waste + some extra surprise goodies included!

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visit  www.lowtoxbox.com for more!

3 Ways to Reuse your Glass Items

Whether you are a wine drinker or a jam eater, glass is very much everywhere. From glasses to lightbulbs, to vases, bottles and ornaments, we use glass for practical use and decorative design. With glass being endlessly recyclable and reusable, coupled with the fact that it takes at least 400 years for glass to biodegrade (if ever!), its safe to say that glass is one of the best materials around.

 So before you throw that bottle away, put that (accidentally) smashed glass in the bin or go to buy that new garden wind-chime or flower pot, just about think what you could do with it. Apart from this list, all you need is some crafty DIY skills and a quiet afternoon.

 Here are just a few suggestions to get those creative juices flowing


Make A Recycled Lava Lamp

What you’ll need

An empty glass bottle of jar (with a lid)
Cooking Oil
Food Colouring

Fill the empty container 3/4 full of oil and 1/4 full of water ensuring you leave about an inch of the bottle empty.

Drop 10 droplets of food colouring into bottle

Break an Alka-Seltzer into about 8 small pieces and drop them into the bottle.

When the Alka-Seltzer hits the water it will start to fizz causing the colours to erupt! Screw the lid on, turn the container upside down and watch the lava blob appear!

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Create a Recycled Glass Terrarium

What you’ll need

Empty Glass Jar with Lid
Organic Potting Soil
Rocks or Seashells
Several Small plants or succulents
Spray bottle full of water

Remove the label from the jar and thoroughly clean and dry it. Next add a small layer of rocks or seashells for drainage on the bottom of the glass jar.

Add a couple inches of organic potting soil on top of the rocks or seashells in the glass jar.

Collect plants from your local farmers marker of that are indigenous to your area.

Using a spray bottle, spray the inside of your terrarium with water until the soil is moist and give your plants some light.



Reuse Old Jars for Organisation

What you’ll need

Glass Jam Jar with Lid
Door knobs with Screws
Paint for Lid

Remove all labels from around the jar. One of the easiest ways to do this is to steam the labels and peel them off.


Decide where your up-cycled jars are going and what colour lid would be best. You might even find that silver is a good look so you can leave them as they are.

Drill a hole through the top of the lid, ensure this is just big enough to fit a screw through (but not too big or it will fall right through). Pop door handle through the hole and voila.

All About Glass.

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Recycling glass is one of the many ways we can reduce pollution and waste. The glass which is most frequently recycled is the one found with your favourite beverages in – bottle glass.

Glass can be melted down and made into many different forms from drinking glasses to glass fibre. When the glass is taken to a manufacturing or recycling plant, it is broken up into smaller pieces called cullet.

The broken pieces are crushed, sorted, cleaned, and prepared to be mixed with other raw materials like soda ash and sand. The raw materials and glass pieces are melted in a furnace and then shaped into moulds to make new bottles of different colours and sizes. New recycled bottles and jars are made in this way. This uses TWICE as much energy to produce than plastic and creates 6 times the global warming gases.

Everyday we throw away a significant amount of glass rather than recycling. Instead of letting landfills pile up with glass objects that are a threat to safety and environment, why don’t we use it again?

Cawley’s Glass recycling service collects glasses and creates new products or be used in the production of items such as building materials. Contact us today here https://bit.ly/30i2ltL to find out what we can do for you.  

Our work with Emmaus.

This month we have partnered with Emmaus.

Angela Foll the Community Director of Emmaus Village Carlton pictured here, pledging to Reuse.

Emmaus is an amazing homelessness charity based all around the UK which supports people to work their way out of homelessness, providing meaningful work as well as a stable home for as long as someone needs it.

Various members of staff and the community have been pledging with SABI to REUSE their items.

Many Emmaus communities ‘Upcycle’ old furniture, re-painting and reupholstering to give it a new lease of life, the perfect place to visit after your pledge to reuse this month!

Pledge today and be in for the chance to win a Cream Tea voucher for Two at Emmaus.
Do you want to find out where the nearest Emmaus Village is to you? Just click here and get involved.

Last Months Paper WINNER IS....



Debbie won a Paper Chase Conscious Living Set for pledging to recycle her Paper Waste.

Debbie is a lovely lady who is very keen to recycle as much as possible and encourage others to do the same! Recently she has managed to convince her local council to start doing recycling collections from her block of flats. As a big fan of SABI she will definitely be showing off her prizes to all her colleagues and encouraging them to sign up.

Top 10 Tips for Recycling Paper at Home


In 2011, about 8 million tonnes of paper and cardboard were recovered and recycled. At the same time, the quantity of recovered and recycled paper has been rising steadily over the last decade. Although the statistics about paper recovery and recycling in the UK are impressive, the government and the paper industry agree that there is still plenty of room for improvement as world consumption of paper has grown 400% in the last 40 years and shows no sign of slowing down.

Here are our Top 10 Tips for recycling
your paper at home and in the office. 

  1. Use paper from recycling bins for notes etc. Most things are only printed one side, leaving a full side of high-quality white paper.

  2. Use electronic storage (‘The Cloud’) or a hard drive rather than paper storage for material. Don’t print them unless you really must.

  3. Be frugal about magazine and newspaper subscriptions, most of these have online versions.

  4. At home use cloth napkins and rags instead of paper towels.

  5. Use a white board for shopping lists/notes

  6. Try to proofread your work carefully before printing. Use the ‘Print Preview’ mode to make sure what you are printing is exactly what you want.

  7. Avoid using paper plates and cups. Switch to durable, washable ones if you need something for a social occasion.

  8. Unless you need a particular book as references on your bookshelf (like a recipe book), consider buying only digital books and reading them on an e-reader.

  9. Use reusable coffee filters instead of paper ones. White-paper coffee filters bleached with chlorine are not only bad for the environment, but some of the chlorine and dioxins can end up in your coffee.

  10. Change your bills to ‘paperless’ and pay them online or by phone.

How do you dispose of Confidential Paper Waste?

In today’s data hungry world where customers are asked to part with their details at almost every transaction, nearly all businesses have an element of customer information that they must protect.

Everyone knows the danger of secure data getting into the wrong hands and businesses can be liable for fines of up to £500,000 for each breach of security, even more in the case of FSA regulated organisations.

Confidential waste is defined as any personal information that can be used to identify individuals, including name, address, contact numbers or financial data.

Here at Cawley’s our shredding and waste disposal service is an efficient way of dealing with your business’s confidential data.  

We offer both on and off-site confidential shredding which is carried out by fully vetted employees in line with BS15713:2009 standards. We also supply a full audit trail and a formal certificate of destruction ensuring that your business complies with the data protection act.

We also offer a range of products to help manage your confidential information including: secure recycling receptacles, secure sacks and lockable outdoor containment units.


Contact us today at https://www.cawleys.co.uk/services/confidential-waste/ to request a quote and find out what we can do for you.




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Langton Wildman from Midas Eyewear was the lucky winner of the HouseofMarley fully sustainable speaker for her participation and commitment to the cause.

He is a lover of all things green and is active within in his business in trying to implement small actions that will have a big impact.

Like Langton, we want to encourage as many people as possible join in on the action and get their peers involved too.

If you want to be in for a chance to win any other prizes or if you’re keen to be onboard, visit our website to see how you can contribute your input.

Metal Recycling

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Metal Recycling - The Need To Knows.

Most of us are familiar with recycling our empty food and drinks cans, however, there’s often confusion around what (or how) other metal packaging items can be recycled.

Metal is usually separated into 2 groups: aluminium and steel, you can test which metal it is by using a magnet. Aluminium is non - magnetic whereas steel is.

Here are the top 5 most used recyclable metals and how best to recycle them;

  • Sweet & Cake Tins

    As long as these are empty they can be put into the recycling as normal.

  • Foil Trays & Aluminium Foil

    Clean aluminium foil can be recycled, this includes wrapping foil, take away trays, pie and quiche cases and oven-ready meal trays, just ensure all food residue is wiped or rinsed off before disposing.

    Not all products that appear to be aluminium foil are recyclable. Some crisp packets can look like foil but are actually made from metallised plastic. To check if the item is aluminium, simply scrunch the item in your fist and if it stayed crunched it is aluminium and can be recycled. If it pops out into its original form it needs to go in with your normal rubbish.

  • Aerosols used for deodorant, shaving cream and hair spray

    When you are finished with an aerosol ensure it is completely empty before you put it in the recycling bin, otherwise this is classed as household hazardous waste. Detach any loose or easily removable parts, such as plastic lids and dispose of these with the rest of your rubbish

  • Metal lids on jam jars

    When separated from the glass section of a jar the metal lids on top of jam jars can be recycled

  • Pet food tins

    As long as these are cleaned out they are okay to go into the metal recycling bin.

Don’t forget, all metal can be recycled but some may need a few steps before going into the bin.

6 Tips for Reducing Electronic Waste


Every year, more than 20 million tons of e-waste is produced which ends up in landfill worldwide.  Disposing of electronics incorrectly increases the chance of dangerous chemicals polluting the air and contaminating the soil.  The issues caused from e-waste stem from the ever-increasing volume of products produced. Fast pace technological innovation and increased usage across the world’s population means that the number of gadgets and electronics we use is likely to continue to continue to increase rapidly.

At some point all of us will have purchased a large or small electrical appliance, or even just a smart phone. After years of having these products they suddenly decide to give up on you, leaving you with the question – how do I get rid of this?

Here are a few top tips to reduce your E-Waste:

1. Donate or Sell - One of the simplest ways to manage E-Waste is to simply sell the electronics if they are in good working condition. Try Amazon or eBay to sell these items or give them to someone who needs it.

2. Recycle through Retailers - Major retailers and phone brands have in-store, online and drop-off site recycling options. They recycle computers, mobile phones and TVs. Some even let you trade your old electronics for gift cards. Ensure you ask the retailers about this whenever you are purchasing new products.

3. Use Less – It’s easy to want to purchase the newest iPhone or latest tablet or laptop without stopping to think if we really need them or not. Before buying anything new, ask yourself if you really need it. Is your current phone in good working condition, why not upgrade the software? Or repair it rather than buy a new one?

4. Take it to the Tidy Tip - If you’re strong enough and have suitable transport (beware of the risk of chemical spillage) you can take your larger items such as fridges or washing machines to the local tip to dispose of free of charge. Always check beforehand what items aren’t accepted.

5. Store Data Online – ‘Cloud Services’ are much better at reducing your environmental impact than you would think. By storing data online, you get to access your data from anywhere around the world, without the need to carry a storage device at all times. This not only offers convenience to you but reduces the need for manufacturing of new storage devices, indirectly reducing your carbon footprint and the amount of generated e-waste. 

6. Organise Electronics – Given the number of electronics that each household has on average, it’s no wonder that we forget what items we even have. Instead of buying new devices, organise your existing ones to see if you really need to buy them. For example, old mobile phones can be used as universal remotes or one of your other devices may have an unused memory stick in it.

Lights, Camera, Rubbish!

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When was the last time your business assessed the amount of waste it creates, or questioned where it goes? It’s no myth that there is an increased concern and need to reduce, reuse and recycle more.  With an estimated 13,000 items of cardboard waste disposed of each year, lots of which is from food packaging, it’s hard to imagine the vast quantities produced by businesses?

 Unique Capture, a fast pace commercial photography studio based in Milton Keynes has collaborated with Cawley’s for the last few years. The photography studio identified the huge demand from customers selling products on e-commerce platforms.  With its’ growing success, the company has worked with the likes of Argos, Amazon and online billboards doing product photography.


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Many small businesses have limited choice when it comes to recycling and disposal facilities that are both practical and affordable.  One of the underlying challenges expressed by Chris King (Creative Director at Unique Capture) was the fact that they regularly received large volumes of packaged products from their clients. This results in excessive amounts of cardboard and plastic waste.  Like many of us, the team at Unique Capture found it increasingly difficult to juggle the pressures of business with the time-consuming good intention of filtering and segregating their waste for the good of the environment.


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We get lots and lots of products sent to us. This is because online selling is a 24/7 fast paced business and it would be impossible for our clients to physically come into the studio on a regular basis.  We’re here to photograph the items they send us and as such, they’ve  got to arrive in great condition and of course that means lots of protective packaging. As a result, our output of waste cardboard and other materials has increased massively.’

 Finding a viable solution that is both effective and cost efficient can be quite challenging, especially when you want to do the right thing for the environment and find a trustworthy waste manager that will collect on time.  Cawleys’ Infinity scheme offered the perfect solution for Unique Capture as it allows them to segregate their waste at the point of disposal using separate clearly labelled bins. This keeps their waste items cleaner, dryer and easier to recycle.  What’s more cost are minimised as there are much fewer items thrown into the general waste bins.

Ultimately , Cawleys can offer businesses a more elevated approach to waste and recycling and is constantly exploring better ways to refine the waste management process to make it even more sustainable and ensure it truly makes a positive impact on the circular economy.

 Want to hear more about Cawley’s infinity scheme?

And the winner is...


Aiming to raise awareness with the ‘Small Action Big Impact’ cause, we were thrilled to award prize winner of January’s Recycling SABI competition.

Olga from the West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust.  Olga received some fantastic goodies for her participation and commitment to the cause as well as, shared how she’d implemented a few new methods to do here bit for the environment:

‘Follow the instructions, they are simple to understand and make it easy to do the right thing. Buy loose food to reduce your waste overall and always recycle the packaging where it is possible.’

Changing the way we do things in our day to day routines can contribute significantly to the cause.  Like Olga, we want to encourage as many people as possible to be green minded and to utilize the support we offer on top tips!

Olga advised: ‘It is always nice to do the best you can but it makes a real difference when this is acknowledged. I get a lot of tips from waste champions on YouTube and other platforms and I always spread the tips that I learn. I am very keen about waste and recycling and this prize makes my effort even more worthwhile.’

Look out for more opportunities to enter future prize draws or if you’re keen to be onboard, visit our website to see how you can contribute your input.


Click here to read more on how you can pledge.