Our caretaking and grounds maintenance team are celebrating the success of their new recycling initiative. The initiative aims to help our tenants who are on low incomes, by providing second hand household goods and furniture.
The idea came about when the caretaking team were asked to clear a house after the previous owners had moved and left a lot of their unwanted furniture behind. Disposing of any unwanted goods takes up a lot of time and was costing us a lot of money to get rid of.
Dave Stansfield, our Senior Caretaker said: “It seemed such a shame to be disposing of perfectly decent pieces of furniture, when there are some people moving into our homes who simply cannot afford to furnish them. We have been collecting unwanted kitchenware, furniture and white goods from our empty properties and so far we have been able to help two families to furnish their homes. The initiative works well because we donate the furniture, it saves us money and it’s much better for the environment to re-use rather than throw away.”
“We only donate furniture that meets the appropriate safety regulations and all the electrical goods are PAT tested. As this initiative is getting more popular we are now looking to train a member of the team to do the PAT testing in-house, which will make further savings.”
We are committed to providing value for money for our tenants and we are always looking for ways to be more efficient and improve services. Every unwanted fridge was costing the business £12 to dispose of, televisions cost £6 and general unwanted goods cost £130 per tonne.