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As good as new

Q: What is your service?

Fairport Containers buys second-hand steel waste containers, which it then refurbishes and repairs.

Q: How does it work?

Many firms and organisations find themselves with an excess of bulky steel waste containers that takes up space at their premises. Fairport will evaluate the surplus stock, give an instant price and arrange for the containers to be collected.

Q: Where would it ideally be used?

Any company with an excess of waste container stock. For example, this may be a council that is switching its waste collection services to a private firm and no longer needs its own waste containers.

It could be a private company that has a surplus of specific types of container because it has refocused on a different waste stream or may have lost work as a result of the recession.

Or containers may simply have got to an age where they are no longer structurally sound to use.

Q: How is it different?

Fairport is the only waste container refurbishment firm that will visit clients to give a stock audit and instant, no-obligation quote for the unwanted containers.

It also has its own transport division, and the fleet includes vehicle-mounted Moffett fork-trucks, so it can collect and load surplus containers.

Q: What are the benefits? 

As well as freeing up valuable space in a depot or yard, the service releases a cash value from redundant assets. Because Fairport refurbishes and resells the containers, it always pay more than scrap value. Because it uses its own transport, clients do not have to organise and pay to have the containers moved.

Q: Cost?

What the firm pays varies depending on the condition of the container. Once they have been repaired and refurbished, containers are sold on at between a third and half the price of buying brand new.

Q: Any savings?

Customers can generate additional revenue and save the cost of transporting unwanted waste containers to a scrap yard.

Q: How many have you sold and where?

Fairport buys hundreds of surplus waste containers from across the UK every month, and has depots in the north and south.

Q: Anything else?

The company can offer part- exchange against its re-sale container stock, as well as offering additional repair and hire services.

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