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Connecting companies to good causes

How we do it

At Collecteco we help UK companies donate surplus furniture and equipment, quickly and generate a social return on investment. Your unwanted kit will be rehomed to good causes in the form of in-kind donations. 

The team will work with you to make sure your surplus furniture is donated quickly, safely and with minimum disruption. Also we will supply an audit trail for all kit being donated, so that you can demonstrate duty of care and that liability is shifted to Collecteco and then onto the good cause receiving the donation. We take away the stress of doing the right thing.

This way companies get to do the right thing and we prepare a social value report so your business can demonstrate philanthropy in CSR programmes.

We respect the very hard work done by the charities, schools, NHS trusts and other good causes that we support. We cherish the contributions that these make to our communities and to help people and we believe they have the right to their work in a comfortable and safe environment, so if we can donate kit to help them help others, then that sounds great to us!

We want to empower good causes to spend their funding on impacting on communities and helping people, not buying new kit.

The kit we donate to good causes is modern and good quality and often better than if they were to buy new on their limited budgets. 

Simply

Every project has unique requirements, but the common thread is that the corporate businesses we work with want to do the right thing and donate surplus kit into the community.

PLANNING & MANAGEMENT

One of the Collecteco team will be your contact throughout the project and we will closely liaise with you to plan, manage and execute the project.

MATCHING DONATIONS

Your Collecteco contact will match your donations with good causes and make arrangements for the kit to be collected from your site by professional, HS compliant crews.

SOCIAL VALUE REPORT

Finally case studies and other important facts will be reported back to you to demonstrate that your corporate business cares.

Social Value Report

Collecteco will turn your surplus furniture and equipment into a fantastic report on how your organisation demonstrates social value. You want to donate your surplus furniture and equipment to good causes because your company cares and our report will demonstrate how your donations have helped the community. Our report will detail good causes helped, case studies, CO2 savings, weights diverted, in-kind funding figures and other great information.

Frequently Asked Questions

At Collecteco we often get asked if what we do is as good as it sounds. It’s all true! So here are some frequent questions and answers!

How will you collect donations from corporate clients?

Whatever the project requires, Collecteco will ensure that the site is cleared on time and on budget.

If kit needs to be cleared quickly, then we can switch on low cost storage at short notice across the UK. That reusable kit can be delivered for onward donation to good causes from there.

If we have the benefit of a bit of notice, then we’ll allocate reusable kit against the wishlists we hold for good causes, who are actively looking for donations. We like to let you know what good cause kit is destined before it leaves your building.

Collecteco will arrange collection from site and delivery to good causes. We can also ensure the site is cleared on time and according to strict health and safety standards.

How will you distribute the kit we donate?

Collecteco donate kit to not-for-profit good causes. We encourage good causes to submit a wishlist, so that we can quickly match the supply of surplus kit to demand from good causes.

Collecteco will arrange collection from site and delivery to good causes so that we can ensure the site is cleared on time and according to strict health and safety standards.

Our aim is to first help the local community. Then we cast our reuse net regionally and nationally. There is more than enough demand for donations from good causes in the UK, but sometimes we do donate medical and education equipment to charities working in developing countries as there is very little demand for this kit in the UK.

What does an 'audit trail' look like?

Liability for donated kit will pass from your organisation to Collecteco and then to good cause recipients. Good causes will sign a waiver to state that they accept donations as seen, unwarranted, untested and that they will get any electrical equipment PAT-tested prior to use in their premises. Liability for donated kit can be a major PERCEIVED barrier to maximising reuse. But in over 15 years of working in reuse, we have never had a problem and, actually, the good causes are very grateful, which, of course, we feed back in the report.

Whilst our passion and objective is to maximise reuse, Collecteco is a waste carrier, registered with the environment agency. In addition to a full list of reusable kit leaving site, any non-reusable furniture and waste leaving site will be recorded on a recycling/waste transfer note or hazardous waste consignment note (non-reusable fridges, TVs, etc).

How do I know where my donated kit has helped the community?

Collecteco follow-up every project with a social/environmental value report detailing good causes helped, in-kind funding generated, carbon savings and other key facts.

Please get in touch and we’d love to send you some example reports – Contact us.

Do corporations have to pay for anything?

Rather than corporate clients paying to put surplus furniture and equipment into skips or landfill, they pay Collecteco to donate it.

Does Collecteco collect non-reusable furniture and waste?

Our primary role is to match reusable furniture, equipment and materials with the good causes we support. However, if a project needs a site to be completely cleared, then we will arrange that, so that the site is totally clear at the end of the project. We do not cherry-pick and if we say we’re going to take, for example, 600 desks, we will take 600 desks with any non-reusable furniture dismantled for reuse of component parts, recycled or sent for energy recovery. We maximise reuse, then recycling and send nothing to landfill!

As a waste carrier registered with the Environment Agency, Collecteco will issue waste transfer notes and hazardous waste consignment notes for non-reusable kit leaving site.

What does a CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) Report look like?

Take a look at our case studies page to see reports from previous jobs.

How does Collecteco get paid?

Rather than corporate clients paying to put surplus furniture and equipment into skips or landfill, they pay Collecteco to donate it.

Interested in donating some surplus furniture to good causes?

Start a conversation with us today and we'll help you do the right thing in partnership.