Reducing waste and raising money
Published by Louise Manico for Plymouth Community Homes in Environment and also in Care and Support, Communities
Louise Turner, Elaine Pellow, Eunice Halliday and Andy Ward from Interserve at Plumer House
As part of Plymouth Community Homes' aim to recycle as much waste as possible, waste metal from the head office building has been recycled with proceeds given to Plymouth Foodbank.
When PCH took over Plumer House, it still contained a commercial kitchen left behind by the previous owners. PCH don’t need a commercial kitchen, so rather than taking it out and sending it to landfill, the units were removed and recycled.
Contractors Interserve are working on the refurbishment of the building and agreed to match any money raised by the sale of the metal so it could be donated to a local charity. This meant a total of £565 was handed over to Plymouth Foodbank.
PCH Head of Property and Safety Louise Turner said: “From the time we knew we’d be moving to Plumer, we’ve been working on ways to reduce the carbon footprint of the move and any works needed. Recycling waste metal means we don’t send as much to landfill, and it has the benefit of helping one of our nominated charities.”
During the refurbishment work, things like partitioning, doors, carpets and ironmongery have been reused in order to reduce costs and avoid good quality materials going to landfill.
Eunice Halliday OBE, Project Co-Ordinator of Plymouth Foodbank, said: “The money that’s been raised will help us buy food and cover some of the admin costs we have. In the long term, we’re trying to raise £40,000 for a purpose built storage area for the food. ”
As well as giving food to those who need it, the Foodbank provides other support such as training courses and information about volunteering opportunities to help people get back into work.
PCH Chair of the Board Elaine Pellow said: “This is a key part of the move to Plumer and it’s great that we’ve been able to support the Foodbank as part of it. Helping the Foodbank in turn helps to support some of our tenants when they need it most.”