Perrys Recycling supports Somerset charities with new paper bank scheme

26th March 2010


Launch of charity paper banks at Tesco, Langport, 26 March 2010



Somerset residents can now raise money for local charities and voluntary groups by recycling their newspapers and magazines in a new paper bank scheme set up jointly by Perrys Recycling and Somerset Community Foundation.


The first paper banks in the scheme were launched at Tesco in Langport on Friday 26th March by Angela Yeoman OBE, vice-president of the Somerset Community Foundation, and Brian Perry, Chairman of Perrys Recycling. Residents can use the paper banks to recycle newspapers, magazines, junk mail and telephone books.


Staff and pupils from Huish Episcopi Primary School endorsed the recycling initiative and came along to the launch with their papers to start the recycling campaign.


Perrys Recycling is providing and maintaining the paper banks. The paper is processed at its depots and then sold to Aylesford Newsprint in Kent to be made into new newsprint, with £10 per tonne going to Somerset Community Foundation.


The scheme may have added benefits for residents of South Somerset where several community paper banks have been removed recently, although paper banks can be placed across the county.


Perrys Recycling hopes to expand the scheme and is looking for new sites, such as supermarkets, retail parks, village car parks and pub car parks. If companies or landlords are interested in having a paper bank on their property, they are encouraged to contact David Harris at Perrys Recycling on or 01935 850 111.


Somerset Community Foundation is a local independent charity that raises funds and awards grants to a wide range of community projects and voluntary groups which benefit local people. Supporting children, youth groups, and older people, those with special needs or disabilities, sports groups, and art and drama projects, it aims to build stronger communities for the benefit of everyone throughout Somerset. 


Justin Sargent, director at Somerset Community Foundation, said: "We are delighted that Perrys Recycling has chosen to work in partnership with Somerset Community Foundation. The campaign encourages people to recycle their newspapers and magazines, and also enables them to support local people by raising valuable funds for the charity. It is a great example of what can be achieved for our communities by working together."


Perrys Recycling is a family-run recycling company based in Marston Magna, near Yeovil, with other depots in Bridgwater and Appledore. It provides recycling and waste services to businesses, councils and government departments across the South West.


To find out more about Somerset Community Foundation visit, or contact: Julie Patterson, Business Development Manager on 01749 344949. For press enquiries, please email


Pictured are, standing left to right, Julie Patterson from Somerset Community Foundation, Emma Pomfield, Tesco store manager, Angela Yeoman, vice-president of SCF, Matthew Perry, transport director at Perrys, David Harris, paper bank location manager, Perrys director Samantha Perry, and Brian Perry, chairman of Perrys Recycling. Front row: children from Huish Episcopi Primary School.