Rags to riches for Waterloo Food Bank

The Waterloo Food Bank teamed up with Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel and Waterloo Quarter in a pioneering recyling project

In an exciting new initiative, Park Plaza Westminster Bridge will recycle all of its old textiles to raise money for a local charity providing food to the borough’s most vulnerable families. The Waterloo Food Bank has teamed up with the hotel and Waterloo Quarter in this pioneering recyling project.

The idea stemmed from the free recycling service that Waterloo Quarter provides to local businesses, through recycling company First Mile Ltd. First Mile will now collect all of the hotel's old towels, linen, blankets and pillows, generating up to £0.40 per kilo. The textiles will be recycled back into new items, or sold for re-use if they are in good condition. Park Plaza Westminster Bridge is one of the busiest hotels in London, with its 1000 rooms often fully booked. In the first year of this initiative, it expects to recycle more than 1000 towels, 300 pillows and 300 blankets which will raise more than £500 for the local Food Bank.

Steve Chalke, Founder of the Oasis Trust, and Senior Minister of Oasis Church Waterloo, which runs the Waterloo Food Bank said ‘Since April this year, when many Benefits changes were introduced, the number of individuals being fed by the Waterloo Foodbank has increased from an average of 96 to 191 per month. In July alone 149 adults and 96 children have benefitted from food parcels distributed from Oasis Church Waterloo. The support that this initiative brings is crucial to the sustainability of the project in the face of vastly increased demand.’

Daniel Pedreschi, General Manager of Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel “We understand that by making positive choices we can all reduce our effect on the environment and every effort has been made to increase our sustainability as a company with Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London receiving ‘Considerate Hotelier of the Year 2013’ recently. We are delighted to continue this success and support our local community with increased recycling schemes and pioneering new technology.”