Last minute reprieve for ‘green’ company

Will Rogowski of CCORRM.
Will Rogowski of CCORRM.
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Paint recycling organisation CCORRN has been pulled back from the brink of closure after it lost vital funding.

Cambridgeshire Community Reuse and Recycling Network (CCORRN) had to close its doors on Thursday and it looked like the end for the green organisation after it had a substantial amount of Cambs County Council funding slashed.

Will Rogowski, CCORRN spokesman, said: “We had asked for a small increase in funding, but it was cut. We had the issue of not being able to cover our overheads.”

Cllr Virginia Bucknor, who Will said had been very supportive, alerted local media of CCORRN’s predicament and then hours later, there was a turnaround.

The council agreed to extend CCORRN’s recycling contract with AmeyCespa for 12 weeks, allowing them hear the outcome of sponsorship bids. And on Friday, they heard that Perkins Engines are sponsoring them £2,000.

A council spokesperson said: “CCORRN have been doing a great job collecting unwanted paint from the Household Waste Recycling Centres putting it into reuse in community projects.

“Unfortunately a number of contracts and funding streams have come to an end at the same time which has put the charity into a difficult position. In order to help, AmeyCespa (East), in Partnership with us, are extending their contract with CCORRN for three months. This period will also allow CCORRN time to develop a long term business plan to create a sustainable future and we are happy to assist where we can.”