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Leafield is raring to go at Seeing is Believing 2012 LEAFIELD Highway - 19.11.2012

Leafield Environmental is set up and fully prepared for the Seeing is Believing show which starts tomorrow on 20th November.

‘Seeing is Believing’ is a three day show which takes place at Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground in Leicestershire. The proving ground is necessary as this unique show has a unique feature; half the show takes place on the external track where products can be fully demonstrated and seen in a real-life road situation.

Leafield will be demonstrating their wide range of bollards on track space 7, of particular interest are the new Night Owl bollards which are being tested with a drive-over at 1.30pm each show day.

Also on display will be Sentry Junction Bollards, Leafield Manchester Bollards, Heritage Visibol bollards for high visibility, Linsign 150 cycle way sign bollards and the new illuminated and standard Night Owl Bollards to name a few.

Watch this space for photos of the external stand showing all bollards in a highway situation.

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Recycling… Keele University starts them young LEAFIELD Recycle - 19.11.2012

Recycling… Keele University starts ’em young!

Keele University has recently opened a new £2.9m day nursery school on campus and has installed novelty ‘smiley face’ recycling bins from Leafield Environmental in order to promote and teach recycling practices to children from an early age.

The novelty ‘smiley face’ recycling bins come in three sizes; 41, 52 and 62 litres respectively. Manufactured from durable polyethylene with smooth, hygienic wipe free surfaces, they have WRAP colour compliant, interchangeable recycling lids and clear visual, colour coordinated graphics that encourage recycling with a smile.

The day nursery is also used as a teaching establishment for nursery nurse students, nursing and midwifery students and work experience students from local schools and all are expected to embrace the recycling initiative.

Along with the building design, sedum roofs and photovoltaic panels, the novelty ‘smiley face’ recycling bins play a part in the building’s green BREEAM rating, a measure of its environmental performance.

“At Keele University we aim to be one of the most Sustainable Universities in the UK,” said Huw Evans, Keele University’s Environmental Manager. “We have increased our recycling rate to 44% over the last two years and hope to reach a 60% recycling rate by 2014. The ‘smiley face’ recycling bins at the nursery are ideal for children to use, and we also hope that they will have a positive impact on the children’s behaviour towards recycling.”

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Envirobins are “Part of the Furniture” LEAFIELD Recycle - 13.11.2012

As a part of the University of Derby’s £6m transformation of its Britannia Mill site, a new recycling scheme has been initiated, incorporating Leafield Environmental’s new Meridian Envirobin, complemented with desk-top recyclers.

The University formerly tried to segregate recyclables at source but is steadily moving to a two stream, mixed recyclables/general waste arrangement. Being designed to collect two waste streams within a single compact unit, the Meridian Envirobin is reported to have been the ideal choice.

With a large 110 litre capacity, the Meridian Envirobin has a unique facility of being able to capture multiple waste streams in a single bin by having WRAP colour compliant, split lids, accompanied by explanatory graphics.

“We liked the look of the bins immediately and they compliment our dual waste-stream process perfectly,” said Lynn Richards, the University’s Environmental Manager. “ The styling is very contemporary and fits in well as part of the furniture.”

Expecting some resistance to the change, Lynne was pleased to find that the opposite was the case with everyone recognising the importance the University places on driving up recycling rates.
“Moreover I’ve had jealous calls from other sites across the University campus asking when they can expect their new bins!” continued Lynne.

When is a bin not a bin? When it becomes part of the furniture!

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Night Owl Toughest Bollard in Britain LEAFIELD Highway - 12.11.2012

A Night Owl, retroreflective, self-righting bollard from Leafield Environmental is vying for the title “Toughest Bollard in Britain”.

The Night Owl bollard from Leafield, situated at a former accident black spot near Birtley, has been nudged, whacked or run over virtually every day for over 12 months and is still standing and performing its duty!

The ‘T’ junction was notorious for collisions as vehicles ‘cut the corner’ despite the give way warning signs and road markings. In an attempt to prevent this, the Council constructed an island complete with two Night Owl keep-left, bounce-back bollards resulting in a dramatic reduction in collisions.

However, the corner remains ‘tight’ and although drivers are now approaching it with more care, many larger vehicles still cut the corner although not to the same extent as previous and the Night Owl bollard nearest to the junction is the victim.

“The scheme has been a great success in reducing collisions,” said Ian McCran of Gateshead Council, “it has proven to us the inherent, outstanding durability of Leafield’s Night Owl sign bollard; so much so that it is now Gateshead’s current preferred choice for keep left self-righting bollards.”

Night Owl bollard nudged, whacked and run over every day for 12 months and still functioning, upright, intact and looking good!

So impressed have the Council been with the performance of the Night Owl that they are about to trial the recently introduced Illuminated Night Owl which is base lit with a high performance LED and is reported to be so energy efficient that it costs less than £4 per annum to operate.

Click here to read this story in full

Visit our website to find out more about the super tough Night Owl keep left bollard and NEW Illuminated Night Owl bollard

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Pearson in Practice recycle with Envirobin LEAFIELD Recycle - 12.11.2012

Envirobins from Leafield Environmental are helping Pearson in Practice to improve its recycling performance and to exhibit the company’s green credentials. Pearson in Practice, a training company offering apprenticeships for young people has 30 training centres across the UK, of which half have been furnished with Leafield Envirobins for recycling.

Adam Boxer, Facilities Coordinator for Pearson came across the Envirobin recycling bins from Leafield on their website. He was impressed by the quality, aesthetics and variety of sizes within the range.

Adam said “we wanted to install recycling bins across our sites following a waste audit to improve our recycling rates. The Envirobin range suited our needs perfectly and we chose a set of two of the 82 litre capacity bins comprising ‘mixed recycling’ and ‘general waste’. The bins have now been in place at some facilities for almost a year and are proving very successful.”

Click here to see the Midi Envirobin recycling bins that Pearson chose for their facilities

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Blackpool & Fylde College Retreat reduce, reuse and recycle! LEAFIELD Recycle - 23.10.2012

Blackpool & Fylde College recently refurbished the popular Le Café for students and staff with the most modern equipment including the new Meridian Envirobin for recycling.

Pamela Reynolds, Sustainability Officer at the college said “I chose the Meridian after a meeting with our Leafield representative. The bin was smart, fitted with our colour scheme and was available in a recycled plastic”

“We are really pleased with the Meridian bin and how it fits into our new eating establishment which has now been renamed the ‘Retreat’. We are finding that lecturers and students are enjoying the new facility and our recycling results have improved dramatically”

“Already we have achieved a 6% recycling rate increase, our target is to increase recycling by 10% by 2014 so we are on course to not only achieve our goal but surpass it!”

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