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18.07.23 – Kittens find their Purrfect home at Stone Recycling Centre, Waste Collection Contract in Staffordshire

Written by on 18 July 2023

Four kittens found hiding under bins at a Staffordshire recycling centre have found their purrfect forever homes after being rescued by staff.

The kittens, who are all around four weeks old, were found sleeping rough, and scared and weak, underneath the waste bins at Stone Recycling Centre.  Staff realised their mother had sadly been run over a short distance away along the main road.

Now, the 4 siblings – have been named Meekz, Skips, Sassy and Dave – and have found loving homes with the very staff who rescued them and fell in love with them … recycling heroes turned kitten hero’s!!

Team Leader Sam Ward and his colleague Jake have each adopted one of the kittens, and their teammate Martin is taking home two.

Sam said”We’re so glad that we were able to rescue these kittens, They were lucky to escape being crushed by bins or run over by a digger.”

Cllr Mark Deaville, from Staffordshire County Council said: “It’s a heart-warming story and reminds us that even in the midst of a busy and hectic day, there is always time to do something kind.  Thanks to the team’s quick thinking, action and compassion there’s a purrfect ending to the story.”


Waste collectors are using the green energy boom to generate money from food waste.

Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council is set to approve the award of a contract that will see it paid for collecting food waste from the kerbside, which can be used to power anaerobic digestion plants.

These plants convert the organic waste into renewable energy and the current boom in energy prices means there is a market for food scraps.

David Hutchison, Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council’s Cabinet member for Sustainable Environment, said: “In 2010 we were one of the first authorities in the country to separately collect food waste and now we are at the forefront again, reacting to changing circumstances for the benefit of taxpayers and the environment.

“We will look to increase participation in separate food recycling, targeting flats and commercial premises, because it’s both the right thing to do and the income generated helps offset the costs of other work.”

The authority is part of the Staffordshire Sustainability Board, chaired by Newcastle Borough Council Leader Simon Tagg.

Staffordshire’s eight borough and district councils are working together on the contract to get the best deal for taxpayers.

Cllr Tagg, who also leads on environmental matters for Staffordshire County Council, said: “Acting now, jointly, while the market is in this state makes a lot of sense financially.

“It’s environmentally friendly, cost-effective and provides a return to local council to set against the cost of providing services.”