One of the biggest challenges Bishopsgate face is recycling waste packaging.
Bishopsgate have a zero landfill policy, and in the past have had to work with customers to alter packaging solutions when it has not been possible to recycle or reuse materials used.
The used packaging consists mainly of wood, cardboard, plastic (clear and coloured), polystyrene, many types of foam and banding all of which has to be separated for processing. The cardboard and clear plastic is baled using our Baler, purchased from KK Balers, who has become a Bishopsgate customer. The wood is recycled but is often of a very high quality and so when another use for the wood can be found Bishopsgate are more than happy to allow the wood to be taken.
Bishopsgate have taken the decision to become ISO 14001 registered not only to formalise our aim of being as environmentally friendly as possible but also to improve and reduce the cost of waste management and consumption of energy and materials.
Lee Goodwin, married to Sarah Goodwin who some of you may remember from her days in the customer services team, before she left to have children, has recently ventured into his own business, a cycle shop www.velolife.co.uk. As you will see from the website Lee believes in being carbon neutral so what better way than to build his shop counter and working area from used pallets, taken from the Bishopsgate skips, although the work involved in using this method is time consuming I am sure you will all agree the result looks great!
Cox Construction South East Ltd, a local company who work with Bishopsgate on any deliveries that involve building works, were recently requested to provide a shed at a customer’s home that would be more sturdy than a flat packed shed as well as being environmentally friendly. After some thought the owner Steven Cox decided that he could build a shed using the wood from Bishopsgate. Again although labour intensive the end result is fantastic and Cox Construction has an extremely happy customer.
After the success of the shed, Steven carried the idea on and has just completed the construction of a chicken run to house a broody hen for Bishopsgate MD Tim Bloch.
Bishopsgate can only hope that Lee expands his business and opens more shops and Cox Construction get orders for more sheds! In the meantime we hope for other people to come up with imaginative ideas to re-use the packaging.