Greener pastures for green shredding firm

PUBLISHED: 13:39 11 May 2007 | UPDATED: 22:47 28 May 2010

Edward Lefevre, right, his mother Diana Lefevre, who is company secretary, with Datashredders workers

Edward Lefevre, right, his mother Diana Lefevre, who is company secretary, with Datashredders workers

PHYLLIS Miller celebrated her 100th birthday in style with her friends at a Whittlesey day club. She shared a birthday cake and champagne, and received a bouquet. She had also taken along her card from the Queen to show others at the club held at Aliwal M

PHYLLIS Miller celebrated her 100th birthday in style with her friends at a Whittlesey day club.

She shared a birthday cake and champagne, and received a bouquet. She had also taken along her card from the Queen to show others at the club held at Aliwal Manor.

The celebrations had been organised by Fenland Crossroads, an organisation which provides support for carers of the elderly.

Helen Tominey, care co-ordinator for Crossroads, said: "Mrs Miller has been a client of Fenland Crossroads since 2005. She attends our day club in Whittlesey on a Thursday, enjoying and participating in all the activities. We are delighted to have a client reach the grand old age of 100."

Some members of Mrs Miller's family were able to attend, along with past and present staff from Fenland Corssroads. AN environmentally-friendly data shredding and waste paper recycling business in March has been awarded a £10,000 grant to invest in new equipment.

Datashredders Ltd was given the small business development grant by the green business support organisation Remade East.

The grant has enabled Datashredders to buy a new, more efficient baling press which has increased baling capacity five-fold.

The new baler meant that in January alone, Datashredders secured 23 new customers and increased the amount of material recycled by 46 per cent. It has taken on an additional member of staff to deal with the extra capacity.

Datashredders Ltd was set up in 2000 by Edward Lefevre and his late father Robert with a second-hand truck and a mobile shredding machine. It now runs two specialist mobile shredding trucks, one collection truck, and one baling and recycling facility with six staff.

Traditionally, the sensitive nature of the waste paper meant it was rarely recycled, but uniquely Datashredders provides a confidential, recycling service. All the waste paper it shreds is brought to the recycling facility where it is baled, before being sent to paper mills and other outlets for recycling.

Over the last two years the company has grown as others realise the benefits and cost savings of recycling. Its services include on-site shredding of all types of material, including paper, tape cassettes and computer disks; waste paper and cardboard recycling.

Managing director Edward Lefevre, said: "There are not enough recycling facilities around yet more and more businesses are looking at recycling their waste instead of sending it into landfill."

Simon Chiva, programme director for Peterborough-based Remade East, said: "One of the aims of our small capital grants scheme is to enable businesses to develop. In this case we have been able to take some of the risk out of business expansion and assisted in the development of an efficient business capable of diverting more waste from landfill.

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