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Issue Date:- 17 February 2009
Generation Green and Recycool join up to create UK’s largest schools
Green, the schools and community project from British Gas, has
joined forces with Recycool, a mobile phone and cartridge recycling
initiative, to create the UK’s largest schools recycling programme.
The joint initiative, available to all schools in the UK, already
has access to approximately 14,000 schools looking to be involved in
environmental projects. The campaign encourages pupils to recycle
old mobile phones and used printer cartridges for cash whilst
enabling them to collect leaves with Generation Green. These leaves
can then be used to earn a whole range of rewards as well as saving
the planet. Each school that is involved will be given a Green
leaf goal, which encourages them to keep recycling and earn leaves
every time they do. When a school reaches its goal, it will receive
rewards to encourage pupils to learn more about the natural
environment. These include botanical kits, camera nesting boxes, PC
integrated weather stations or wind turbine kits.
In the UK alone, it is estimated that there are 90 million old
mobiles lying around in drawers and cupboards, just waiting to be
recycled. This is a perfect opportunity for schools to get involved,
raise funds and earn Green leaf rewards.
Jamie Rae, Chief Executive of Redeem, which runs Recycool,
commented:- “We are delighted to partner with British Gas in
its excellent Generation Green campaign. Recycool has had great
success over the past few years, however this partnership will
enhance both initiatives and offer kids even more opportunity to
learn about and protect the environment. The rewards that they can
earn from recycling old mobile phones and inkjet cartridges can
really mount up, and can be converted into cash and green leaves to
earn a great range of rewards.”
Sacha Brech, Brand Experience Manager from British Gas said:-
“At Generation Green we’re really pleased to be working with
Recycool, offering new ways for Friends and Family to get involved
and help schools earn green leaves. Currently, only around 14% of
mobile phones are recycled or re-used – that’s a huge number going
to landfill each year. So, the more phones we can get people to
donate to schools for recycling, the better for the environment and
for the schools as they earn even more green rewards!"
It could not be easier to get involved, just visit:-
to find out more, download posters, flyers and top tips to get
everyone involved. Collections are free.
GOVERNMENT URGED TO PUT MONEY WHERE THE MOUTH IS TO CURB MOUTH
leading oral health charity has called on the Government to act on
research detailing how simple cost-effective screenings can provide
the early detection so important in saving the lives of mouth cancer
patients. The British Dental Health Foundation, organisers of the
UK's annual Mouth Cancer Action Week, has urged the government to
fund an NHS-led oral screening programme.
The charity's call follows a report published in the
World Health Organisation (WHO) bulletin, which found visual oral
screening an effective low-cost measure in preventing mouth cancer,
which kills 1 person every 5 hours in the UK.
The research, led by RTI International, showed how early detection
of mouth cancer was near-doubled by routine visual screenings.
Foundation chief executive Dr Nigel Carter BDS LDS (RCS) said:- "This report confirms our message that prevention and early
detection are key to curbing the effects of oral cancer. Early
detection leads to survival 9 in 10 mouth cancer patients. With
nearly 5,000 people diagnosed each year in the UK, investment in NHS
screening would be a real lifesaver."
The new research studied 160,000 people in Southern India.
Researchers found that targeting high-risk groups of alcohol and
tobacco users during a 9 year screening programme cost as little as
$6 per person. Early detection was achieved in 42% of cases
where routine screening took place, almost twice the 24% ratio in
cases not taking part in screening programmes. Sujha Subramanian of
RTI said:- "Our results show that screening for oral cancers
is comparable or less expensive than the more widely accepted
practice of screening for cervical cancers."
4 in 5 mouth cancer cases in the UK are linked to tobacco and
smoking, creating a obvious group for targeting high-risk patients.
Smoking and chewing tobacco and the likes of paan and guthka place
people at considerable risk. At last year's Mouth Cancer Action Week
launch, WHO oral cancer expert Dr Saman Warnakulasuriya called for
dentists to be given greater powers to prescribe smoking cessation
The Foundation's Annual campaign runs each November, under the
tagline 'if in doubt, get checked out'. The campaign advises regular
dental visits plus self-examination.
Early mouth cancer warning
signs include ulcers which do not heal within three weeks, red and
white patches in the mouth and lumps or swellings in the mouth or
neck, are also important.
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