SOUTH Molton Recycle, provider of a range of recycling services in Torridgeside, has become the first organisation in the area to receive the new Social Enterprise Mark - and has assured that, despite the economic downturn, all it collects is continuing t
SOUTH Molton Recycle, provider of a range of recycling services in Torridgeside, has become the first organisation in the area to receive the new Social Enterprise Mark - and has assured that, despite the economic downturn, all it collects is continuing to be recycled.The SEM is a label which tells customers that a product or service is creating a social or environmental benefit and provides a simple way for social enterprises to advise customers about the wider social or environmental benefits they provide. South Molton Recycle has been working in the area for almost 20 years.Its managing director, Sarah Portsmouth, said: "All of us at South Molton Recycle are very proud to have achieved the Social Enterprise Mark in recognition of our work. "There is a lot of press at the moment surrounding the crash in recycled material prices, with some councils land filling their recycling because it has no value or outlet. However, Torridge District Council fully support SMR's commitment to recycling and all SMR customers can have absolute confidence that all their hard work is not in vain and it is continuing to all being recycled. Please continue recycling! If you would like to start or need an additional box for your recycling, please call our office on (01769) 573081." James Morrish, Leader of Torridge District Council, presented the Social Enterprise Mark to South Molton Recycle at the council's Riverbank offices. He said: "The council really values the important work that South Molton Recycle does locally, ensuring that household recyclables are recycled, rather than thrown away. South Molton Recycle's work brings double benefits to local people, reducing waste and landfill and re-investing surpluses for the benefit of the local community. We are so pleased that South Molton Recycle is the first organisation in the district to receive the Social Enterprise Mark, bringing a great accolade to our locality, and building our credentials to be green."The Social Enterprise Mark is the only label of its kind that is open to all types of social enterprises that successfully meet a set of qualification criteria. The Mark is being piloted in the South West before being rolled out nationally within the next year or so.