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NRAs 2016 - Business Partnership

Winner: Bron Afon Community Housing, The Really Amazing Charity and Reseiclo

In summer 2013, Bron Afon Community Housing launched its own recycling centre, with the aim of reducing waste and creating cleaner communities. The recycling team then struck up a strong partnership with two charities and a wood recycler to supply goods and materials.

The Really Amazing Charity (Trac2) runs a shop in Trevethin selling or donating recycled household items and clothing to families in crisis. The Groundforce charity supports young people who are looking for employment - it assists Bron Afon with empty homes and garden clearances, and also provides a handyman service to less able tenants.

Reseiclo Community Wood Recycling is a social enterprise formed in 2007 in Newport, dedicated to collecting waste wood from all over south Wales.

This partnership was a most impressive interconnection of partners, players and markets – a win-win for all parties with huge upsides for the hard to reach and disengaged. this winner had a commercial mind but community heart

Judges’ view

In the past year, the Bron Afon centre’s environmental impact on the local community has grown. Waste generated from repairs and maintenance is taken to the centre and separated into individual waste streams such as cardboard, wood, electrical, metals and plastics. All cardboard, kitchen units, doors and other wooden items are now recycled with local companies.

Fly-tipped items used to be taken straight to the local tip, but now they go to the recycling centre for segregation into fridge freezers, cookers, sofas, mattresses and so on.

In the first year the results were amazing, with landfill and costs dramatically reduced; in 2012-13 Bron Afon spent £180,000 on tipping costs while by 2014 this had dropped to just £75,000.

Shortlist

  • Alpha Logic Green City Partnership, Plymouth City Centre Company and Plymouth Waterfront Partnership
  • Bio-bean and First Mile
  • BPR Group and Baker Street Quarter Partnership
  • Coastal Recycling, network of 22 farms and Devon County Council
  • DS Smith and Ikea
  • Electrical Waste Recycling Group and City Electrical Factors
  • Essential Edinburgh and Changeworks Recycling
  • Kikit Pathways to Recovery and Sparkbrook Neighbourhood Forum
  • Mitie Waste and Environmental Services and Lloyds Banking Group

 

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