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Open day at metal recycler, EMR hailed a success

12 September 2018

Metal and plastics recycler, EMR based at Alexandra Docks opened its gates and welcomed the local community into its facility in Bootle on Saturday (8 September).

The event, which was held in partnership with Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service and in support of Bootle Bucks Inclusion FC and Bootle Action Group, saw over 150 people attend the day despite heavy rain.  

The public were able to tour EMR’s Alexandra Docks facility, which the company occupied in 1980, to learn more about its operations, including its removal and recycling of plastic, and get up close to their cranes, trucks and the UK’s biggest 10,000hp mega shredder.

Developed from a single business in Rochdale, EMR now has over 170 operational sites worldwide, employs around 4,000 people and recycles everything from a toaster to an aircraft carrier.

EMR General Manager, Phil Hoare said: “At EMR we recycle around 10 million tonnes of metal each year, which saves 15 million tonnes of CO2 compared to using virgin ores; equivalent to the CO2 generated by 4.5 million average households each year.

“We wanted to bring the local community of Bootle into our site to educate everyone on the importance of recycling metal and other products to preserve our planet’s vital resources. Our virgin resources won’t last forever and landfilling is unsustainable.”

There were lots of fun activities and fundraising games in aid of Bootle Action Group and Bootle Bucks Inclusion FC, partners of EMR. Children also had the opportunity to write messages on metal that will then be shipped around the world to be made into new products.

Fire crews also showed how they deal with car crashes, where the public could see their vehicle and equipment up close. Other services in attendance included the Port Police.

“We would like to thank everyone who attended, especially Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service, the Port Police, Bootle Bucks Inclusion FC and Bootle Action Group for making it such a successful event,” Phil Hoare added.

Bootle Bucks Inclusion FC Coach, John Callaghan said: “EMR’s Open Day was such a wonderful thing for our group of challenged youngsters to enjoy. Very rarely do they get the chance to engage with such a large company and feel a part of it. This visit ticked all boxes in terms of communication, interaction and a learning opportunity.

“We were all really amazed at the scale of EMR’s operations and impressed by the fact that Bootle has this leading recycling facility that’s vital to our economy in the heart of our community. We would like to thank EMR for letting our team be part of their Open Day.

“EMR really looked after the boys and girls throughout the day and are to be commended on their commitment to supporting the youngsters in our local community. We look forward to working with them in the future.” 


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