Local schools have benefited.

Furniture reuse saves 11,033kg from disposal

An ongoing furniture recycling scheme set up by a member of Campus Services has helped local schools and the environment this summer.

The scheme, which is led by Anthony Partridge (Assistant Facilities Operations Manager) and delivered by a team of Porters, recently rehomed more than 600 items of furniture, potentially saving 11,033kg from disposal.

Anthony and the team collected unwanted furniture from several different building projects and teaching room refurbishments, which have taken place over the summer.  The furniture has been given away to other teams across our two Exeter campuses, as well as the local community, where furniture has been donated to local schools.  Amongst other schools, Tavistock College, Okehampton College and Otter Valley Schools have been able to reuse 233 tables and 434 chairs.

Anthony leads on waste and recycling for the University, and along with our porters, continually provides an excellent service all year round, collecting, sorting and where possible re-using good furniture. Commenting on this achievement, he said: “It’s great to know that we can support our local community as well as reducing the amount of items that are disposed.  A lot of the furniture is in great condition and can really benefit our local schools by helping them to reduce costs.”

“Re-use is a really sustainable option, and although we would otherwise recycle as much as possible, it’s great that we are helping to make the most of our resources and contributing to the University’s goals.”

Anthony was recently featured as one example of how the University is achieving its goal of Making the most of our resources - you can read his story on the Corporate Strategy webpage.

If you have unwanted items which can be reused or are in need of a new piece of furniture for your office please contact the Campus Services Help Desk.

Date: 8 September 2017

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