Stoke’s sustainable recycling and waste management company, DS Smith Recycling, is supporting local arts and craft community interest company, Community Scrap Shack, with free collections to recycle any material it can’t use.
Community Scrap Shack, which was established in March 2011, takes clean waste from local businesses for use in creative activities by local schools, pre-schools and community groups. However, the organisation has found that alongside useable material, there have also been deliveries of material it can’t use and more cardboard packaging than needed.
Michelle Folkes, company director at the Community Scrap Shack, explains: "Our ethos is to find a creative use for waste, but we were finding that there were some items that we didn’t have a use for. Part of our objective is to raise environmental awareness, so it was really important that we recycled all our waste and we’re delighted that DS Smith Recycling offered to help at no charge."
DS Smith Recycling provides waste management services for a number of local businesses and is providing Community Scrap Shack with free collections of its paper and cardboard each week as a good will gesture in support of the initiative.
Simon Leivers from DS Smith Recycling Stoke adds: "The work that Michelle and the company do for the local community is a great example of the benefits that reusing waste material wherever possible, before recycling, offers, after all the waste hierarchy tells us to reuse before recycle! We’re delighted to be able to support Community Scrap Shack and would encourage more organisations to explore the different ways in which they can get the very most out of waste material, not only to improve sustainability, but to save costs as well."