A sponsored walk which raised more than £6,000 for third world waste projects in 2016 will return this summer to take on Scafell Pike – England’s highest peak. WasteAid UK’s first ‘Walk for Waste’ saw 25 waste professionals, council officers and their families ascend Snowdon last year in a 10-mile round trip via the sloping Llanberis Path. Money raised through the event went towards construction of safe and hygienic waste facilities in Senegal and The Gambia. The event also saw letsrecycle.com staff get involved, with senior reporter Tom Goulding, finance manager Suzanne Doyle and assistant accountant Whitney James together raising over £1,300 for the cause (see letsrecycle.com story). Scafell Pike. This year the walk will take place on Saturday 15 July, following a 12km route up Scafell Pike in the Lake District, England’s tallest mountain at 975 metres (3,200 feet). While smaller than Snowdon, the Scafell Pike climb includes a steep climb at the start of the route before levelling out for a walk through heathery fellside to the summit. The event will be open to walkers over the age of 10 and fit enough for the climb, with those under 18 to be accompanied by an adult. All walkers will be accompanied by trained guides. Mike Wesbter, founder of WasteAid UK, said this year’s event would add an “element of competition” by inviting entries from teams. He added the event was a “fantastic opportunity to get fit, have fun, and support a very worthy cause”. WasteAid UK fundraiser Sally Talbot, who will resume her role as organiser of the expedition, said: “The views from up there are awe-inspiring. It’s an opportunity not to be missed.” WasteAid UK Now in its second full year, the WasteAid UK charity is currently working on a Guide to Appropriate Recycling Techonlogies for lower-income countries. The guide, which has received funding from the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management, will ‘enable communities to take control of their waste problem’ with practical information on ‘compost and biogas to simple plastics recycling’. Mr Webster said: “Three billion people lack rubbish collection and disposal services, and it’s causing a global health crisis. We partner with local organisations to improve the health, environment and livelihoods of people without waste services. Our focus is on building the skills of local people to deliver practical solutions to the waste crisis in their own communities.” For more information about getting involved in the 2017 Walk for Waste, visit: https://wasteaid.org.uk/event-page-walk-waste-2017/
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