Managing Director of East Midlands Wood Recycling, Kevin Ellis, reflects on the positives through uncertain times
When I founded a new community wood recycling project in Derby in 2012, I was passionate about ensuring that waste wood in our area was saved from the skip, and helping disadvantaged people back into work. Since then, our project has helped local businesses to make their activities more environmentally friendly, and created community benefit from our partnerships.
The last eighteen months have brought challenges that none of us could have foreseen, but I have been heartened by the support we’ve had from customers old and new. More and more companies are interested in our work to build a circular economy and fight waste. The number of collections we’ve been doing for clients in our home town of Derby and beyond into Nottingham, Ilkeston and Mansfield has increased, and we are now buying an extra truck to meet demand.
I’d like to thank everyone who shares our belief in community reuse as a more sustainable solution to dealing with waste timber. The timber we have collected has become an affordable resource for local people, and has featured in lots of lockdown DIY projects.
Looking forward, we will continue to offer a cost-effective alternative to skips to all our clients, focus on re-use of timber and help local people back into work. We are grateful to all our partners who make this possible.