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Waste King in the swim – around the country

Many of Great Britain’s swimming Olympians, including the four time Olympic medallist Rebecca Adlington, are now helping Britain’s schoolchildren to learn to swim. Their vision - that every child in Britain will be able to swim at least 25 metres by the time they leave primary school – is being helped to fruition by Total Swimming.

Total Swimming, the UK’s leading private sector swimming business, was founded by Olympic swimmers Steve Parry and Adrian Turner. Aiming to make a difference to people’s lives through swimming, it delivers products and programmes along an aquatic pathway from ‘Swim a Song’, which develops water confidence in children as young as four months, to ‘The Steve Parry Academy’ which offers high quality swimming lessons for people of all ages at its centres in Merseyside and Scotland.

It also works with the public and private sectors to deliver the British Gas Pools 4 Schools and the Mayor of London Make a Splash programmes, which take mobile steel tank swimming pools to communities across England. Of course, providing these mobile pools at a number of locations throughout England is a serious logistical commitment – as is collecting, removing and disposing of all the waste that each mobile pool project generates.

Vicky Turner, Total Swimming’s mobile pools project manager, explained: “The Mayor of London Make a Splash project involves two pools in London and these stay in situ for a duration of 12 weeks. This means that we get involved in erecting and dismantling four swimming pools in London each year. In addition, the British Gas-sponsored Pools 4 Schools project currently provides two mobile pools in the rest of England, each of which remain ‘in situ’ for 12 weeks – and we aim to carry out eight pool ‘builds’ a year using these resources.

“Each time we build a temporary pool, we aim to use it to teach a further 1,000 children to swim – and, so far, we always achieve that aim – but once you’ve built a temporary swimming pool, you can generate a lot of waste,” she continued. “There’s the pool liner; large amounts of cardboard from the boxes which held the piping; timber; matting which provides the surface around the pool on which people can walk, and chemical drums. On average, the waste materials would easily fill a 12 yard skip.

“However, working at sites all over England it’s difficult to find reliable, efficient and professional skip hire firms without lots of local knowledge, which we don’t have,” she said.

“So we were delighted when we found that not only does Waste King operate nationwide but its operatives are trained and qualified to dispose of hazardous waste – such as the chemical drums – safely and in line with all the regulations. Indeed, we’re grateful for the advice and practical guidance we receive from Waste King on how to dispose safely of all the hazardous waste that’s generated.

“Using Waste King – who’re great to work with and always cope efficiently, effectively and professionally with whatever job we give them – saves us a lot of hassle and allows us to concentrate on our main job of erecting swimming pools and helping to teach children to swim.”

Based in Hemel Hempstead but able to operate throughout the UK, Waste King is a specialist collections, clearance and recycling company, serving both the domestic and commercial markets. It focuses not only on providing a friendly, efficient, cost-effective service but also one which is highly environmentally friendly. Indeed, it guarantees to recycle over 90 per cent of every load of waste that it collects.

The company’s managing director, Glenn Currie, commented: “If you’re in the waste and recycling business, I think it’s important to be seen not only as professional and competent but also as caring for the environment. From that point of view, it’s important that Waste King provides a ‘green’ and ‘clean’ service – as well as a competitive one in terms of cost and a comprehensive one in terms of national coverage. It’s also important that our customers realise that the materials we collect may be of no use to them but they still have a use when they’ve been recycled. That way, we can reduce ‘waste’ and its impact on the environment – while continuing to help our customers.

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