How We Recycle
Our mission is simple – to divert everything we collect away from landfill. Through responsible and ethical practices, we are able to achieve 100% diversion rates.
All (fire safe) furniture, all appliances and any items that are in good condition and ‘fit for purpose’ are passed on to charitable organisations and local furniture projects, to maximise the environmental and social benefits of reuse.
All broken or faulty appliances are taken to a licensed metal recycling facility where they are 100% recycled for their raw materials. Fridges and fridge freezers at this facility go through a much more specialised and in depth process, as they contain harmful ozone depleting chemicals, gasses and materials.
Your local council or typical collection service provider will send your mattress to landfill, when in fact, almost all the raw materials used to make a mattress are recyclable. In the UK alone, we send an estimated 167,000 tonnes of mattresses to landfill each year. That’s the same weight as roughly 30,365 elephants! Recycling mattresses is a lot more beneficial for the environment as it reuses these materials in a sustainable way.
All the mattresses we collect that are not suitable for rehoming are passed on to a Yorkshire based, specialist recycling company where they undergo a complete recycling process, with none of the materials going to landfill.
On average, less than half of the furniture and other items we collect can be rehomed, due to condition and functionality. Fortunately, the rest can be recycled. The specialist recycling company we use has a facility based in West London, where by separating and recovering materials, they are able to achieve zero waste to landfill. Below are some of the ways materials at this facility are recycled.
Metals are sorted into categories, these materials are reprocessed here in the UK to go back into manufacturing a plethora of products to avoid using virgin materials.
Recycled wood is sorted into grades, chipped and then supplied as a biomass fuel in the UK.
Different grades of plastics are recovered at this facilities and then returned back into the manufacturing supply chain.
Paper and Cardboard
Paper and cardboard recovered is graded and baled at this facility, ready for reprocessing in the UK, Europe and in the Far East, with the material used to create other card and paper products once more.
Renewable fuels are produced with the residues of the recycling process. Often referred to as RDF (Refuse Derived Fuels), they are used in European renewable energy plants producing electricity and heat, replacing fossil fuels. The processing capability of this facility means they are able to vary the composition and particle size of the fuels to meet the exacting demands of each Energy from Waste plant.