Moray Reach Out Recycling: Lossiemouth
COVID-19 STATEMENT UPDATED 17 June 2020
Our premises were closed on 23rd March as per Scottish Government instructions. We are missing our customers and our trainees, and look forward to welcoming you back once we are permitted to do so. When we move to Phase 2 and it is confirmed that non-essential shops can open, we will gradually resume our services. This will be on a phased basis, from July (at earliest). We plan to open our Yarns & Crafts shop in Buckie for a few mornings per week. Wool orders can be made through the MRO Yarns & Crafts Facebook page, by sending a private message. Any customer Embroidery orders will be fulfilled by MRO Embroidery staff in Elgin, behind closed doors. The shop will remain closed. Orders will be picked up by arrangement. Our staff will be wearing masks to protect you and we ask that you wear a mask to protect us. Disposable single use masks will be provided at our doors, should you not have your own mask. Hand sanitizer will also be at each door, and we ask that you sanitize your hands on entry and exit. Safe distancing will be observed, follow any one way systems in place. Staff and Volunteers will be on hand to guide you. This is also in preparation for our adults with learning disabilities to be able to return to as safe an environment as we can offer them. Our hours will be subject to change. MRO Recycling is picking up recycling from customers on a fortnightly basis. Please let us know if you have re-opened and require a collection. Follow us on Facebook for regular updates to our services. This statement will also be updated regularly. Many thanks for your patience and collaboration, during these times.
Waste Watchers Lossiemouth, now Moray Reach Out Recycling, came about with the introduction of the purple bins and a larger facility was required. Due to popular demand by trainees, their parents and carers, we are delighted to continue to work in partnership with the Moray Council to staff their recycling facility in Lossiemouth and to provide continuing training opportunities. There are plans to move to Moycroft in Elgin, in the Spring of 2020.
Our team processes your purple bins, contributing both to the environment and the community. We take the contents including cans, tins and plastic containers in order to process them into bales. Our industrial setting provides 50 places for vulnerable adults to gain training and work experience. Please help our team by ensuring you only put cans and plastic bottles in the purple bin. Some plastic trays also are made of PET type 1. Check the triangle on the plastic item, if the number 1 or 2 is in the triangle, rinse and place in your purple bin. Any other plastic, please put in the green bin for general waste.
Our mission is to provide a high quality meaningful work experience for trainees in an industrial setting. We assess and accept disability in order to help people get the satisfaction of doing their best in a safe and welcoming environment. Our aim is to help people learn work as part of a team and share in other's success. We encourage people to think and act for themselves and to grow in confidence through their experiences at Waste Watchers.
Our trainees are a group of people with learning disabilities who grew up near Buckie. They started sorting cans and the trainees are very proud of their achievements, seeing the cans sorted into bales of steel and aluminium. When changes came about in 2013 and saw the introduction of cans and plastic being collected together, the Moray Council opened their site in Lossiemouth. Now we staff their facility, sorting and recycling the contents of the purple bins around Moray.
"I enjoy working at Waste Watchers because it gets me out of the house and stops me getting bored. It is good exercise for me and I am learning new things all the time as there are a large variety of jobs to do. The staff are all friendly and I get on well with the other trainees."