A NEW recycling venture which could be rolled out across the UK has launched on the Wirral.
ReciproCity Wirral sells surplus construction materials to charities and community projects for less than half the retail price.
Working with the web-based business Recipro, launched by Les Owens in 2008, the new service on Bromborough’s Greenfields Technology Park allows good causes, such as schools, charities, scout groups or youth clubs, to register their project along with a “wish list” of materials.
Construction companies can pay for the service to take their waste or surplus materials which reduces landfill costs and is detailed in comprehensive carbon and waste reduction reports.
Some firms are also using the service as an outlet for end- of-line, slow moving or returned stock, such as national merchant, Travis Perkins, which has donated 150 litres of paint through its DIY retail business, Wickes.
John Leader, Travis Perkins group environment manager, said: “There are clear environmental, social and financial benefits for all parties involved, which fits perfectly with our strategy of creating a sustainable competitive advantage for the whole Travis Perkins Group”
Les Owens said: “With a background of 35 years in the construction industry, I understand the necessity of what we are doing as Recipro.
“As the largest producer of waste in the country, the construction industry needs to work together at all levels to ensure it is working towards reducing carbon and waste, and Recipro provides a unique service to allow companies to do this.
“By bringing in the community aspect as we have, we can also help businesses with their corporate responsibility obligations.”
by Neil Hodgson, Liverpool Daily Post
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