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A new commemorative chain made from recycled metals to mark 40 years since the formation of the current Borough of Eastleigh has been shortlisted as a finalist in the MRW National Recycling Awards in the Best Recycled Product category.
The chain was made by local artists Simon and Elaine Burnell, who run Recycledforyou a company that makes one-off pieces of statement jewellery from recycled and reclaimed materials based in Eastleigh.
The National Recycling Awards 2016 recognise and highlight excellence and innovation throughout the recycling and resource management sector. They reward excellence across the industry and address recycling, reuse and waste reduction.
The chain has been made from recycled metals including copper, brass and spitfire badge stamps. The idea for the commemorative chain came from Simon and Elaine and will be used by the Mayor of Eastleigh when he/she regularly visits local schools as part of their community work. The current ceremonial chain will continue to be worn by the Mayor with the new commemorative chain being used alongside a set of mini mayoral robes that are worn by the children as they learn about the Mayoralty and other issues such as citizenship.
Elaine Burnell said “Eastleigh is very committed to sustainability and so what better than to produce a Mayoral chain made from recycled materials and that it also charts a history of the borough. We are thrilled and excited to be shortlisted and excited for this award.”
Mayor of Eastleigh Cllr Jane Welsh said “The new chain looks fantastic and it’s great that it has been produced from recycled metal. I am delighted that it has been shortlisted in these prestigious national awards.”
The winners will be announced at the MRW National Recycling Awards 2016 on Wednesday 6th July 2016 at the London Hilton on Park Lane.