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.
Golden couple visit EMERGE Wood Recycling in Manchester
With British Olympic and Paralympic success fresh in our minds we’d like to share one of the more unusual projects worked on by our sister enterprise, Touch Wood EMERGE in Manchester. They were commissioned to rescue the track from the National Cycling Centre where so many of our champions train, as part of a recent refurbishment project.
If you’ve ever watched cycling you will have seen how high speed falls cause damage to the Siberian Spruce, which often has to be patched up before competition can continue. This means that the whole track needs to be replaced about every 20 years. Naturally as soon as their local wood recyclers heard about this, they wanted to ensure that the timber could be reused.
The team at Touch Wood didn’t just save the track, they were able to make a range of products for cycling fans. This included two very special customers, golden couple Laura and Jason Kenny. Here’s a throwback photo to when the Olympic champions visited the project to collect the table they commissioned. We’d like to join in congratulating them on their Tokyo 2020 success.
Velodrome wood has found new uses in cafes, businesses and homes across the North West and beyond. Some of the track is still available now, so if you’d like your own bit of history contact EMERGE Touchwood wood recycling project
Handloading our trucks means we can reduce void space by up to 40%
For businesses producing waste wood, a skip is not the only option, or the cheapest…
1. You can dump the skip – and save money!
If your business has waste wood on site, chances are you use a wood skip. Our collection service uses 3.5 tonne caged trucks, and can work out as a cheaper alternative.
We handload our trucks and really the pack the wood in, reducing void space by between 20% – 40% – and because we charge by the cubic yard this can lead to significant savings.
2. You’ll get an efficient, professional service
We’ve got years of experience. All our staff have comprehensive training and have the correct PPE. We’re fully insured and licensed waste carriers and supply waste transfer notes for every collection. Booking a collection is simple and straightforward and most collections are booked and completed within 48 hours.
3. You’ll help the environment
Our collection service is environmentally the best option out there for waste wood removal and an ideal way for you to meet your own environmental goals.
By choosing us, you’re diverting material from the waste stream because your wood is graded for re-use. We save perfectly good quality wood from going to landfill or automatically being ‘downcycled’ into woodchip. Instead, we do our utmost to re-use as much as possible for re-sale for DIY, to make wooden products or to be sold on as firewood. Even our transport is also environmentally better – our vehicles are smaller and less polluting than big skip lorries.
4. You’re creating jobs and training opportunities for local disadvantaged people
Choosing our collection service means that you’re supporting a social enterprise committed to changing lives. We help people who are marginalised and excluded from employment to gain confidence and move into employment. Our wood recycling project allows them to move from simple tasks which don’t need any previous experience, like unloading the van, to making things in our workshop or serving customers.
To find out more call 01332 360 000 or email us – email@example.com
With regret, as of the 1st July we will no longer be able to open on a Friday.
Due to continuing financial problems the enterprise can no longer withstand the extra staffing and service costs of being open on this day.
Thank you for your continued support.
Unfortunately, we will have to close on Saturday 13th due to staff illness. Sorry for any inconvenience caused. We will reopen Monday 15th 09.00 – 4.00 as usual.
We will be closed on Fridays from the 28th July until the 25th August. we will open again on a Friday from the 1st September.
our other opening times remain the same:
Monday – Thursday 9-4
This is due to staff leave and we apologise for any inconvenience caused.
We are a long way to having the new unit fitted out for us to move in. A long running saga is to get power put into the unit and we have moved forward with this. Power should be put in over the next week and we are aiming to be moved to the new unit by the 15th February.
Address etc will follow once we are confirmed as being in by this date.
We are struggling to get on top of our move to different premises as there is a lot of timber etc to move.
As a result of this we are going to close the shop next week on Monday 9th, Tuesday 10th and Wednesday 11th Jan to give us a chance to get things moved over.
One additional problem is that there is no electric in the new unit and this is making it difficult to say when we will be up and running in the new place.
I will let you know as soon as I know
Sorry for any inconvenience caused
Hi everyone, we are currently very busy getting our new home ready. It needs a lot of work but we’re really excited and can’t wait for you all to see it.
If we’re taking a bit longer than normal to get back to you please accept our sincere apologies and we’ll be with you as soon as possible.