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Volunteer Needed For BMC Climbing Recycling Project

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The BMC is supporting a pilot project to see if there is a commercial model for recycling climbing ropes and other equipment like helmets and hardware. We're looking for volunteers interested in a career in sustainable business.


Wouldn't it be nice if there were somewhere I could take my ropes to be recycled? There are some interesting initiatives around for reusing and recycling outdoor stuff, like the Recycle Outdoor Gear project, and Patagonia has set the standard for sustainability in new outdoor clothing.

But what about the ropes, helmets and hardware climbers use?

That question occurred to Dan Firth, a hill walker and climber who has worked in sustainable procurement for various public and private sector bodies as an environmental consultant. That's when he contacted the BMC.

Over the last few months, with the BMC's encouragement, Dan has been doing some research on whether there might be a business in recycling gear, or perhaps a job or two, which are in short supply right now. From what he's found out, there are positive signs the idea is worth exploring further, and we now want to help him set up a trial project.

So we're looking for one or two bright sparks to set up a pilot in the Manchester area to test the viability of a business dedicated to recycling rope and other climbing equipment. It's an ideal opportunity for a recent graduate looking for experience on how to set up and run a social enterprise and learn about sustainability.

Interested? For the full story and how to apply, follow the link below.

For more information visit The BMC/Recycling Volunteer Needed

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22 May, 2012
That's a lot of reading to do only to find out that it's restricted to people in the Manchester area :(
22 May, 2012
metal pro is weighed in, plastics such as in helmets are broken down into their various types and recycled as usual, nylons such as in ropes and slings can be recycled likewise perhaps being sent to a polymer recycle site. Plenty of people specialize in textile recycling. Upcycling over recycling is always beneficial from a product life cycle and energy perspective but this usually only has limited application unless specific end of use characteristics are thought about in the original manufacturing process.

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