Every Can Counts Volunteer Policy

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Every Can Counts Volunteer Policy

 

Introduction to Every Can Counts

Every Can Counts aims to make it easier to recycle your drink cans and make a difference.

We’re a partnership between drink can manufacturers and the recycling industry and aim to encourage you to recycle more, whether at work, college, or a festival!

Aluminium and steel – the materials used to make drink cans – are infinitely recyclable.  This means they can be melted down and endlessly reused with absolutely no loss of quality, in what’s known as ‘closed loop’ recycling. 

We all know that recycling makes sense.  It saves energy and natural resources.  And by using resources in a more sustainable way, we can help reduce our impact on the world.

Volunteer Roles & Duties

Every Can Counts attends large scale events/festivals across the country. Our volunteers are Every Can Counts Recycling Ambassadors at these events.

The range of jobs and duties vary, however our main aim is to communicate a message, why we should all recycle beverage cans.  For this purpose we seek out volunteers who love interacting with the public, and are skilled at getting a message across. 

There’s never a dull moment when representing Every Can Counts.  Volunteers will help set up our stands/activations, man our ‘CAN You Kick It’ football game, capture data on tablet based surveys, apply ‘Yes We Can’ facial art, wear can-bin back packs to promote can recycling and passing out bags to campers asking them to separate their cans. 

Every Can Counts encourages our volunteers to be Digital Ambassadors while at the events, by documenting their experience, and using relevant handles and hashtags across all the social media channels they enjoy using. 

Volunteer Commitment

Festivals are hard work, and they’re not for everyone.  As we almost always work at festivals throughout bad weather and good, we’d ask that anyone applying for this role enjoys a festival atmosphere, and isn’t put off by potentially very inclement weather. 

Hours of Work

As many of our volunteering opportunities take place at large weekend festivals we do require a full weekend commitment from our volunteers (Friday-Sunday).  It is preferable, where possible, that staff arrive and stay over on Thursday evening before, as venues can be difficult to reach the day they open to the public. 

The hours of work are typically 9-5 or 10-6 (festival dependent), however if volunteers would like to relax post shift with a can we’ll cheers to that!  We’ll even provide the cans J 

After which volunteers are free to enjoy the festival fun. 

Accommodation

Once at the event, volunteers are provided with a staff full weekend & camping pass, so each person will need to have their own camping equipment.

Camping will be in the designated staff camping area (when possible), which is generally quieter, and has better facilities like toilets and showers.

Uniform

Volunteers will be provided with three Every Can Counts t-shirts, one to wear each day, a hoodie (depending on the weather/time of year) and a raincoat.  Please return these after the event, as we aim to reduce, reuse and recycle/wash all of our events clothing. 

We ask that all our staff wear comfortable and appropriate footwear such as walking boots or wellies.  Please take the time to break in new boots, blisters are awful and will seriously impede your ability to work/enjoy yourself.  Also bring a spare set of footwear (you will definitely need them if it rains).

What you choose to wear on your legs is entirely your own decision, but please bring a pair of long trousers (jeans, khaki pants, leggings etc) each day as the weather is changeable, and shorts/skirts are no fun in a thunderstorm. 

Cancellation/Absenteeism

We understand that life is complicated, and sometimes things don’t always work out the way you plan them.  If you have to cancel please inform Every Can Counts as soon as possible, as it does have serious organisational consequences.  If you cancel within 48 hours of the event please do your best to offer a suitable replacement on your behalf.

We understand festivals are fun, and we dig fun as much as the next person, but all volunteers are expected to be present and ready to work each day at the specified start time.  Failure to do so will result in being asked to leave, and ejection from the festival. 

Volunteers who fail to attend all of their shifts, or who cancel within 48 hours will be invoiced for the full ticket amount. 

General Behaviour/Representation

Volunteers should be mindful that while working for Every Can Counts they are representing our brand.  With this in mind we ask that:

  • Volunteers are polite and respectful to their co-workers, and the general public.  Our campaign encourages and rewards positive behaviour.  We do not lecture or talk down to anyone. 
  • Volunteers recycle whenever possible-if you don’t know what goes in which bin just ask (no judgement!).
  • Volunteers who smoke would cover any Every Can Counts branding while doing so.
  • You enjoy yourself as much as possible. 

Training & Supervision

Volunteers will be given all the information they need to get started before the event starts.  You will learn about that specific event, Every Can Counts, and why your contribution is important and truly valued.

We'll also have a Toolbox Talk, where we go over each role, assign lunch breaks and answer any questions volunteers might have.

Each evening and morning after this we’ll have a short team meeting where everyone is invited to contribute problems, solutions, experiences, and ideas.

You will not be directly supervised at all times, after providing you with all the necessary information and tools we trust our staff to do their utmost to fulfil that role to the best of their abilities.  If you require more support, we can reassign roles to ensure you do have more supervision. 

Healthy & Safety 

All volunteers are covered under our public liability insurance from the moment they arrive until the moment they leave. 

There is a first aid kit, and a first aider on site at all times.  Each festival we attend will have medical staff and equipment onsite.  These will be pointed out to you on the morning when you first start work. 

If at any stage throughout your volunteering experience you feel unsafe, please leave the situation and seek out a member of Every Can Counts staff.  Nothing is more important than your safety, and we believe in your ability to assess what is, and what is not, safe for you. 

If you feel unable to operate a piece of equipment, or feel unsafe doing so, please seek the advice of a member of Every Can Counts staff. 

Recruitment

Potential volunteers are asked to complete an application form, and may be asked to participate in a phone interview. 

Equal Opportunities

Every Can Counts acknowledges and respects the cultural and religious diversity within Ireland, and is committed to treating every application equally.

Due to the nature of the events which we attend all applicants must be 18 years of age or older, and be able to provide proof of such upon request.

Recognition 

Every Can Counts values the contribution of our volunteers, and for that we seek to build a hospitable space within which to work.

Throughout your time with us you will be provided with breakfast, lunch, tea, and coffee during your working hours, and a post work recreational drink.  Cheers! 

Beyond the event Every Can Counts is happy to provide you with a written references detailing your contribution, and how it led to the achievement of our overall aims. 

Confidentiality & Data Protection

Every Can Counts is compliant with the General Data Protection Regulations as laid out by the European Union. 

The data we collect will be:

  • For the purpose of ascertaining the suitability of potential volunteers and no other reason.
  • Stored safely on our systems.
  • Will not be shared with a third party unless a volunteer specifically requests it.
  • Processing of data is necessary for the purpose of the legitimate interests pursued by Every Can Counts or by a third party, except where such interests are overridden by the interests or fundamental rights and freedoms of the data subject which require protection of personal data, in particular where the data subject is a child.

Dismissal & Complaints

Volunteers who do not adhere to this volunteer policy, or who fail to work satisfactorily with the training and support provided may be asked to leave.  

Reasons for dismissing a volunteer may be, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Gross misconduct
  • Being under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Theft
  • Misuse of equipment or materials
  • Abuse of co-workers or festivals goers
  • Absenteeism or consistent and prolonged lateness
  • Failure to abide by this volunteer policy
  • Failure to complete duties to a satisfactory standard
  • Acting in a manner that is detrimental to Every Can Counts

Everyone has the right to have their voice heard and if a volunteer feels their dismissal is unfair they may appeal this decision by writing to the board of Alupro Ireland within 28 days of the event. 

 

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