The Collecteco team are based in Bristol, but work with companies across the UK to donate furniture, equipment and materials to charities, schools, NHS Trusts and other not for profit organisations. Everyone on the team has a passion for reuse and keeping perfectly good furniture, equipment and materials out of landfill.
The company was first established in 2005. Steve Sliney had been working in the recycling industry and later worked with a community furniture project. Because of this background he noticed how much good quality commercial furniture and equipment was going to waste.
Although there were a lot of projects able to help householders reuse domestic furniture and equipment, there was not enough around to help businesses and other organisations.
Consequently Collecteco was created to fulfill that demand.
Collecteco’s mission is simply: to help organisations donate furniture, equipment and materials to good causes.
From humble origins in waste management, we saw an opportunity to make a huge impact in the world. A company’s need for office space, furniture and equipment, change and evolve over time. Often this is well before the kit reaches the end of its life-cycle.
The problem is that during times of change, the priority for most businesses is to get the site clear as soon as possible. Because of this the quick option is to dump the lot into landfill. This is bad for the environment and the business. It’s a sunk cost.
The other side of this coin is the UK’s not-for-profit organisations need help. These good causes are desperate to help others and are always struggling for resources.
If we could use our expertise in waste management to convince businesses that we can handle the site clearance professionally, we could build a network of good causes who require kit. Then we could organise processes to give them the relevant kit.
After several years of honing our concept, we were accepted onto a national business accelerator and are now working with some of the largest companies in the world, to generate great corporate social responsibility (CSR).
Interested in donating some surplus furniture and equipment to good causes?
Start a conversation with us today and we'll help your company do the right thing in partnership.