Leading waste management broker AMA Waste Management are teaming up with marine conservation charity ORCA to help raise awareness of the effect of irresponsible waste disposal on whales, dolphins and porpoises.
The partnership aims to educate the public on the devastating volumes of plastic entering our oceans. Millions of tonnes of plastic debris enters the sea each year, affecting the entire coastline and entering all levels of the food chain. Marine wildlife is being decimated by the effect of plastic waste, with sizes ranging from carrier bags to microbeads, and side effects include malnutrition, strangulation and blood toxicity.
As well as making a generous financial donation, AMA Waste will be running a series of fundraising events throughout the year with plans for a quiz, a bake sale and a fundraising gala dinner throughout the next twelve months. The two organisations will also be producing a series of articles throughout the year highlighting some of the critical issues facing marine wildlife and the impact the waste management industry can have on protecting the ocean.
ORCA are a leading player in the marine conservation arena, running a national network of volunteer citizen scientists, who collect critical information about whales, dolphins and porpoises in UK & European waters. Using this data from ferries and cruise ships, they are able to understand the marine environment better and highlight the impact of a variety of threats, including that of plastics in the sea.
ORCA also run outreach and education programmes across the UK, both at sea and on land, and will use this track record to help AMA Waste to raise awareness of this critical issue through this new partnership.
AMA Waste pride themselves on the responsible disposal of a variety of waste streams through the nationwide waste management solutions they provide, including skips, grab lorries and tippers. Supplying both commercial and domestic markets, diverting as much waste as possible to be recycled is a key aim of the business.
Managing director Ben Lukey, who established AMA Waste in 2007, chose the marine conservation charity after his father told him about the devastating effects when marine life ingests harmful plastic.
'My parents often make the trip between Santander and Portsmouth, and they watched a presentation by ORCA's Wildife Officers and were shocked at some of the images of whales and orcas with stomachs full of plastic.'
'It struck a chord with us as our head office is based close to the North Norfolk coast and we have seen the effect of pollution on our beaches. We live in an area where over the past few years, many whales, dolphins and porpoises have washed up on our shores.'
'Protecting the environment & supporting charities are both big passions of mine, and this this seemed a perfect way to combining the two.'
'We are very aware of the effect of our operations on the environment and our objective is to balance our business aims with the need to protect the local and global environment. Our customers want their waste removed at the best possible price, and we work with our 1,000+ suppliers to ensure that this is done sustainably and ethically.'
Sally Hamilton, ORCA Director, said: 'It is wonderful to have the opportunity to partner with a forward thinking business such as AMA Waste and we are proud that they have selected us as their charity of choice.
'Not only will the generous donation and fundraising activity support the vital work we conduct, but we will also have the chance to reach many more people and educate them about how they can help protect the marine environment on a daily basis.'
'Plastics are one of the most serious threats facing whales, dolphins and porpoises in UK & European waters, and we have seen countless examples of marine mammals dying due to ingesting plastic around the UK coastline and beyond.'
'We hope that more waste management companies will follow the example set by Ben and his team and work to be good corporate citizens by minimising their impact on the environment.'