Shropshire Council on target to achieve recycling scheme cash saving
Staff at Shropshire Council who have signed up to recycle and reuse office equipment are on target to helping make an ambitious savings goal.
Warp-it (Waste Action Re-use Portal) is open to Shropshire Council staff, schools and not for profit organisations across the county, enabling them to source and donate almost any kind of item.
Since its launch in 2018 Shropshire Council users have helped save more than 82,000 tonnes of carbon, avoided more than 37,000kgs of waste being dumped, and saved more than £144,000 in procurement and disposal costs – just £6,000 short of its final cost savings goal.
The most commonly repurposed items among Shropshire Council’s 577 portal members were desks, chairs and office storage furniture.
Ian Nellins, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for climate change, environment and transport, said:-
“The carbon and costs savings are significant, and are the equivalent of planting nearly 105 trees or removing 33 cars from the road.
“We’ve also been able to pass on items to partners and local charities, and we’ve been very successful in passing items to new uses and reducing the cost to the public purse in general.”
The next steps for Warp-it include encouraging sign ups from schools and academy trusts, rolling the programme out to town councils and parish councils, inviting local charities and not-for-profit groups to join, expanding the partner list, and enrolling regional colleges and universities.