USW supports 18 good causes by donating office furniture

Working in partnership with Collecteco, a reuse company operating across the UK, USW was able to help 18 different nonprofits receive furniture, allowing them to continue their work in the community without having to invest in tables, chairs and other items.

By donating 1,884 pieces of furniture and equipment, USW and Collecteco ensured that 69,795 kg of waste was diverted from landfills, preventing 88,622 kg of carbon dioxide from being released into the atmosphere.

With 22 million pieces of furniture discarded in the UK each year, and only 15% of it being reused, it is vital that businesses can redistribute their equipment to those who need it.

Steve Sliney, Director of Collecteco, said: “We started working with the University after seeing a post on LinkedIn from a member of the Estates department, seeking to relocate some excess kits. I made contact and it was clear that there was a great opportunity in the making; the University had a lot of surplus kits becoming available and Collecteco had a lot of requests for good causes on its waiting lists, actively seeking kit donations.

“It was great that the University was open to working with an SME like Collecteco and the partnership grew stronger, with many good causes helped with an excellent kit and a lot of carbon and landfill avoided.”

The 18 good causes that have benefited from the USW donation include 11 organizations based in Wales:

  • Multi Organ Transplant Support (MOTS), a Newport-based charity dedicated to supporting patients and their families affected by small intestine and multi-organ transplants.
  • Whitchurch High School, Cardiff
  • Insole Court Trust, a registered charity in Cardiff, committed to the preservation and protection of Insole Court and its gardens for the public good, education, welfare, social welfare and recreation
  • Cwmbran and Pontypool Scouts
  • Pontypridd Food Bank
  • Dreams & Wishes, a Gwent charity that helps critically ill children and their families build happy memories by granting the wishes of a lifetime
  • Ty Nant Cat Sanctuary, Port Talbot
  • Boomerang Cardiff, a charity that helps prevent homelessness, poverty, critical living conditions and social isolation
  • The British Heart Foundation
  • Llanishen High School, Cardiff
  • Changing Gearz, a Torfaen-based project that supports young people aged 11 to 24 who face obstacles in their learning or progress, by giving them access to training in bike maintenance and leadership

MOTS Founder Emma Abdullah said: “Thanks to donations of office furniture and equipment, which we were able to sell in our charity shop, we have so far raised £ 1,200! This is an incredible amount of money for our charity, and it will be used to provide hospital kits for our members who are going through their transplant journey. “

Gareth Davies, Deputy District Commissioner for Torfaen Scouts, added: “Our District Scout Shooting Club (Cwmbran and Pontypool) will use these items to support the provision of air rifle / pistol fire to youth in the area. Torfaen and the surrounding area.

“The tables are the perfect size for individual shooters to be self-sufficient with all the equipment they need to participate. This allows for more freedom with social distancing to help make these Covid-safe activities in the short term, while still allowing easier transportation to events etc. in the long term too!

Danielle Booy-Pinker, Deputy Director of Facilities at USW, said: “The University of South Wales is committed to environmental commitments that ensure zero waste goes straight to landfill and that maximizes waste diversion. waste to more sustainable solutions.

“We are very proud to partner with Collecteco, who have helped us donate furniture and equipment to local charities, schools, community groups, NHS Trusts and other charitable causes. lucrative.”

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