TRANSDEV Yellow Buses (TYB) is putting plenty of heart and ‘sole’ into its latest green initiative.
The bus company has set up shoe banks to recycle the hundreds of items of unclaimed footwear left on its 110-strong bus fleet each year.
Proceeds will go the Variety Club to fund its vital work, helping thousands of children in the UK.
TYB already recycles unclaimed mobile phones – one of the items most often left by passengers – with the funds donated to Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance.
It has also started recycling general rubbish including tin cans, plastic bottles and sandwich and sweet wrappers.
John Singer, Purchasing Manager, said TYB prided itself on recycling a range of materials from paper, cardboard and ink cartridges through to the water used to wash its buses.
“Early indications suggest that we are going to be recycling a lot of items which otherwise would have gone to landfill,” he said.
Jenni Wilkinson, TYB’s Head of Marketing, added that TYB staff had been “very supportive.”
“The amount of shoes we’ve received from them, alone, has been huge,” she said.
TYB is working with Bournemouth-based Waste Management Facilities Ltd on its recycling initiatives.
Gary Fendley, Managing Director, said: “We’re really proud to be associated with Transdev Yellow Buses and feel that we have taken their recycling and segregation of waste streams to the highest level.”
Picture caption: Plenty of sole: John Singer, Purchasing Manager, with some of the shoes being recycled by Transdev Yellow Buses.