If you’ve ever had to move home, you’ll know how many household items get discarded in the process. Imagine the scale of waste when a business moves office.
The Recycled Assets Company is a Hampshire-based social enterprise specialising in relocation services and redistributing unwanted office items and furniture.
The company works with schools, universities and residential homes, donating furniture and equipment back to smaller businesses and start-ups who are in need of them.
The business also has a strong social mission to support disadvantaged and disabled young people by creating work experience and paid job opportunities. They take time to recognise the unique skill set of each individual and help develop them so they can become employable.
The enterprise, who refers to itself as a ‘Green logistics partner’, also turns the waste paper they collect from offices into biomass fuel, shredding it and combining it with sawdust and used coffee grinds.
The fuel is made into briquettes which can be used on BBQs, open fires and stoves and which burns as long as coal. The company sells 300 briquettes for £25, and offer to shred a tonne of paper for £150.
The Recycled Assets Company was founded in 2013 by Jason Bentley. Jason had spent several years working for The Shaw Trust, a not-for-profit organisation helping disadvantaged people find employment.
Last month the UK Environment Agency accepted the company’s application for a T11 Exemption – a certification that allows businesses to repair, refurbish and dismantle electrical waste and redundant IT equipment. The business has now set up a dedicated data recycling team.
Examples of companies they have worked with include McDonalds, Portsmouth City Council and energy company SSE.
To learn more about the Recycled Assets Company, visit their website here.