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: In December 2017, Jones Lang LaSalle contacted Collecteco in relation to the relocation of their client Grant Thornton from Hartwell House to Glass Wharf in Bristol. The relocation of over 200 staff was to happen over a weekend, which, combined with a more space efficient office configuration in the new building, meant that Grant Thornton needed to rehome the majority of the furniture and equipment from its old office.
The Challenge: From August to September 2017, Lyons Davidson worked with Collecteco to rehome a floor full of no longer needed office furniture and equipment from Bristol House in Central Bristol. This included 137 six foot tall roller cabinets, 42 desks, 53 chairs, 14 white goods and lots more – some 339 items in total. The vast majority of the kit was in good condition and Lyons Davidson were keen to see this redistributed to organisations that could use it.
The Challenge: In October 2017, Almeda Facilities Management tasked Collecteco with the clearance of its client’s 22 bedroom student residence in Clifton, Bristol. The residence was filled with a large quantity of domestic-style furniture and all involved were keen to see reusable furniture donated to help the local community.
The Challenge: In July 2017, the University of the West of England tasked Collecteco with finding a home for 256 lockers. Within 24 hours Collecteco had rehomed the lockers to a range of local good causes - diverse in the nature of their work, but united by their ongoing fight to secure and conserve funding.
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!

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