Stories

Collecteco exist to 'put your rubbish to good use' and here is where we share a few stories of the journeys that have been made.

 
The Challenge: Hoare Lea is a leading international firm of electrical, mechanical and public health consulting engineers. The company relocated to refurbished premises in Aztec West, near Bristol, at the end of 2016 and, in line with its environmental and CSR policy, wanted to ensure that reusable furniture and equipment were donated to good causes with a zero waste to landfill guarantee for any non-reusable items.
The Challenge: Phineas Products are a leading manufacturer of hangers for the instore display of footwear. The company opened a recycling plant in South Bristol that will allow it to bring manufacturing back to the UK and use recycled feedstock. Before opening the facility they needed to remove a cold store used by the site’s former tenant. The dismantled cold store was made up of 80 panels measuring 8 metres long, 120cm wide and 10cm thick. Infrastructure for recycling insulation is very limited and any recycling programme would have meant transporting two articulated lorry loads of panels across the country. Using insulation to generate energy is not efficient as insulation is typically treated with fireproofing chemicals.
The Challenge: Kier Construction was charged with managing the remodelling and refit of UWE’s Bower Ashton campus in Bristol. Kier appointed LA Moor to strip out and demolish as required. UWE required commitment to high reuse and recycling and whilst LA Moor has very high rates of recycling, Collecteco was approached to consult on any potential reusable items on site. Collecteco carried out an audit to identify reusables and these included carpet tiles, light fittings and sections of insulation board. There were a number of challenges with this site, including the presence of asbestos, that meant that reuse opportunities were not as abundant as with other sites. However, this project demonstrates that there is always a case for considering opportunities to reuse before recycling, energy recovery or landfill.
The Challenge: Harmsen Tilney Shane is a commercial interior design and workplace consultancy. The company recently started a project to refit an office in Gloucester that saw the need to find a home for approximately 3600 reusable carpet tiles. Bath-based charity, Mercy in Action, relies on a network of 14 shops to raise funds for its work to rescue vulnerable children in the Philippines. There are more shops in the pipeline and a continual need to renew fixtures and fittings in their existing shops. The Salvation Army is opening a furniture shop in Bristol and needs to refit a unit quickly and at minimal cost.
The Challenge: As a major relocation company, Harrow Green are often tasked with clearing unwanted furniture from clients’ premises and are committed to maximising reuse above recycling and landfill. Baker Tilly is a leading provider of accounting and business services. After a major relocation from its Bath to its Bristol office most of the Company’s furniture was redeployed within the organisation and to charity partners, but there was a surplus of reusable furniture that they were keen to see rehomed.
The Challenge: Airbus are a leading aircraft manufacturer and import a number of specialist and highly sensitive items and materials. In addition to easily recycled packaging, this also gives rise to a number of plastic foams from a variety of polymers and in various quantities. Collecteco cleared about 100 cubic yards of this waste stream as an alternative to sending it to landfill – enough to cover at least one football pitch!
The Challenge: PPS Pipeline carry out major installations of pipelines for energy and utility applications. The giant pipes are delivered in sections and rope is wrapped around these sections at certain intervals to act as protection from damage in transit. As a consequence of this project, Collecteco were approached to deal with some 5 tonnes of 3 metre long, mixed polymer rope waste.
The Challenge: Studio Upstairs is a charity on Bristol Dockside that provides artistic resources and therapeutic support to people experiencing mental and emotional distress and to those in drug and alcohol recovery. Faced with a mismatch of chairs donated over time that were quickly nearing the end of their useful lives, the charity contacted Collecteco to see if we could help.

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