Casepak secures 64,000 tonne recycling contract

Casepak lorry and MRF (2)Leicester-based recycling and waste management firm, Casepak, who have a collections and processing facility in Enderby, has been awarded a contract by Leicestershire County Council to process up to 64,000 tonnes per annum of dry mixed recyclables. 

Leicestershire County Council put the contract to process the county’s dry recyclables out to tender following the Cabinet’s decision to pass its ‘Dry Recycling Credit Saving Strategy’, which sought ways to reduce the County Council’s expenditure on recycling credits.  

Casepak already has existing contracts in place with several Leicestershire waste collection authorities, which will continue to be covered under the terms of the new contract so the transition is expected to be smooth. 

The company currently processes a combined 38,000 tonnes per annum of recyclable materials from Blaby District Council, Charnwood Borough Council and Harborough District Council at its Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) as well as managing an additional 6,000 tonnes per annum from Recycling and Household Waste Sites in Leicestershire at its Collections and Processing Facility in Enderby. 

 In addition, the new contract could see Casepak potentially gain an extra 20,000 tonnes per annum of dry recyclables from Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council, Melton Borough Council, and Oadby and Wigston Borough Council. 

The new contract will commence on the 1 April 2018 and has been awarded for a minimum of four years, with the option to extend up to 10 years. 

The dry recycling stream includes paper, cardboard, plastic, glass, metal and aluminium cans and drinks cartons.

Once collected, these items will be sent to Casepak’s £21 million state-of-the-art Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) in Braunstone Frith, Leicester.

The material is then sorted, graded and processed using the latest recycling technology.  

Cllr Blake Pain

Councillor Blake Pain, cabinet member for waste at Leicestershire County Council, said:

“Following a competitive tendering process, we are happy to be able to work with Casepak in our attempts to encourage residents to recycle their waste. 

“Awarding this contract will not just help us towards our goal to save more than £1 million a year, but it supports the local economy and recycling services.” 

Georgina Cullen

Georgina Cullen, Casepak’s Business Development Director, said:

“As a Leicester-based company we are delighted to have been awarded this substantial contract to process the county’s dry mixed recyclables.  

“We look forward to partnering with Leicestershire County Council over the next few years and helping to increase recycling rates across the county.”   

Casepak’s MRF has the capacity to process up to 150,000 tonnes of material each year, recovering 95% of the material processed.

The MRF has exceeded standards set by the Code of Practice and produces Technically, Environmentally and Economically Practicable compliant outputs.  

More information is available at 

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The life of Enderby Squire Charles Loraine Smith

A symposium on the life of Charles Loraine Smith, Squire of Enderby (1751-1835) is to be held on October 24th at the Melton Carnegie Museum, Thorpe End, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, LE13 1RB.

Applications for tickets has to be made by Friday 13th October 2017.

Tickets cost £10 to include an essay and refreshments of tea and cake

Timetable for the day is:

1.30pm – Melton Carnegie: Exhibition of the life and work of Charles Loraine Smith (1751-1835) of Enderby, Leicester

2-4pm – Various talks from Dr Robert Fountain, Sally Mitchell, Heidi Strobel & Philip Warren

More details: call 0116 305 3860 or email

(See also poster below)

More details: call 0116 305 3860 or email

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Finalists honoured at fourteenth Blaby District Outstanding Achievement Award

Once again the Marriott Hotel in Enderby hosted a celebration of individuals and groups from the District of Blaby, who were recognised for their selfless work within their communities.

The eight finalists and their families joined special guests and sponsors on Thursday 05 October to enjoy the evening, as unsung heroes of Blaby District were honoured.

BBC East Midlands Today’s Maurice Flynn hosted the ceremony.

Finalists included Whetstone Good Neighbour Scheme, which only launched in 2016. Volunteers help older people in the village with everyday tasks, enabling them to be more independent. Their fantastic work saw the group receive NINE nominations.

Maurice Flynn

BBC EMT Presenter Maurice Flynn hosted the awards ceremony

In the Good Friend/Good Neighbour category, Glenfield-based David Whotton took the award for his fantastic work in ensuring his road, Farmers Close is a tight-knit community.

Christine Whittingham was crowned as Category B’s Volunteer of the Year. She has contributed over 10 years of volunteering to Home-Start Blaby District, which offers support, friendship and practical help to families in the local area.

Young Achiever of the Year Molly Lambert grew her hair for a year and donated the proceeds, and the hair, to the Little Princess Trust. Molly is also active at her college and within the Diabetes Choir as well as a champion of LGBT awareness.

Councillor Terry Richardson, Leader of Blaby District Council, said:

Cllr Terry Richardson


“This is the fourteenth consecutive year we have held the awards, where we take the opportunity to shine the spotlight on those individuals or groups who have enhanced people’s lives.

“What makes this event so unique is that it is fellow residents who take the time and trouble to submit nominations frequently, without the knowledge of those who they have nominated.

“Whilst we do select a winner and runner up in each category, every person or group nominated are, in my view, winners. This year’s finalists are just a reflection of some of the thousands of selfless volunteers and groups who make the District of Blaby such a great place to live.

“I want to congratulate all the finalists and to personally thank our sponsors who make this event possible.”

The awards are funded entirely through the generous sponsorship county-based businesses: Main sponsors Davidsons Homes along with category sponsors Fosse, Marriott Leicester, Ford and Slater and Westleigh Partnerships.

Full list of winners and runners up:

Good Friend/Good Neighbour
Winner: David Whotton (Glenfield), Runner-up: Angela Corby (Narborough)
Volunteer of the Year
Winner: Christine Whittingham (Braunstone Town), Runner-up: Dave Taylor (Blaby)Young Achiever of Year
Winner: Molly Lambert (Countesthorpe College), Runner-up: Chloe Lake (Braunstone Town)Best Community Group/Community Achievement
Winner: Whetstone Good Neighbour Scheme, Runner Up: CC Buzz (district-wide, based in Countesthorpe)

For more information on all of the finalists visit the Blaby District Council website page “Achievement Awards 2017“, or email or call 0116 272 7577.

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Rewarding Training Weekend For Enderby Band members

Last month, over 70 young brass players enjoyed a rewarding weekend of brass playing at a youth brass band training event at Lutterworth College organised by the Enderby Youth and Junior Bands. 

Course tutors (L-R): Steve Walsh (Euphoniums and Baritones), Lucy Cutt (Horns and Flugels), Simon Gresswell (Basses), Gary Cutt (Course Director), Alli Smith (Percussion), Kirsty Abbot (Cornets), James Screaton (Cornets).

Regular members of Enderby were joined by players from other local youth bands, as well as some who had travelled from as far afield as Hampshire and Worcestershire.

As a result of generous funding from Yamaha Musical Instruments, the youngsters were able to experience tuition from an expert team of Yamaha Neo tutors.

Garry Cutt, the course director, was joined by Kirsty Abbot, Lucy Cutt, Steve Walsh and Simon Gresswell in a programme of full band and sectional rehearsals. The tuition team was completed by Andy Gray (Solo Trombone with Enderby Band), James Screaton (ex Enderby player, and now with the Virtuosi GUS band), and Alli Smith (also ex Enderby player, and a regular tutor on the Wessex Brass Band course).

Over the weekend the fifty players of the Youth Band focussed on Gordon Langford’s “West Country Fantasy”, the set piece for the Intermediate section of the 2018 National Youth Brass Band Championships, alongside work on Alan Fernie’s “Starlight” and an arrangement of David Bowie’s “Life on Mars”.

Meanwhile, the Junior Band also enjoyed working on a well chosen programme of beginner band repertoire, which went down extremely well with the players.

Both bands performed to a packed audience of friends and parents at a concert on the Sunday afternoon to bring a memorable weekend to a fitting close.

The playing of both bands was of an extremely impressive standard.

The weekend could not have taken place without the fabulous organisation behind the scenes of the Enderby Youth and Junior Band committee, who worked tirelessly thoughout the weekend to ensure the success of the event.

Thanks also to the many parents who contributed to the supervision of the youngsters over the weekend.

Finally many thanks to the players of the Enderby Senior Band and the Enderby Concert Band who gave up large chunks of their weekend to sit in on rehearsals to help the youngsters get to grips with some demanding music.

A real team effort from the fabulous Enderby Band Organisation.

Useful link: View Enderby Band Organisation website

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Six films for Community Cinema

Huncote’s popular Community Cinema will be showing a mixture of family and classic films over the next few months, with the next six filmed announced.

Hosted at the Pavilion Leisure Centre, the first film, Hocus Pocus, will be shown at 10:30am on Wednesday 18 October.

The family comedy follows two teenagers, a young girl and an immortal cat to stop three witch sisters on Halloween night.

Five other films will be shown from November to March 2018, including It’s a Wonderful Life, The Nightmare Before Christmas and Sing. Download the poster to see full details of each film.

Tickets are just £4 with booking essential.

The Leisure Centre’s café will be open for refreshments and there is a soft play area for children to enjoy before and after the screenings for free. Baby changing facilities are also available.

Call 0116 275 0246 or email to book a place for the screenings.

Tickets are limited to 40 seats.

Upcoming films

Wednesday 18 October – 10:30am– Hocus Pocus
Tuesday 28 November – 2:00pm – It’s a Wonderful Life
Saturday 02 December – 2:00pm – The Nightmare Before Christmas
Tuesday 16 January – 2:00pm – The Artist
Wednesday 14 February – 10:30am – Sing
Saturday 10 March – 2:00pm – Pete’s Dragon

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