Supporting social inclusion through timber recycling

 Supporting social inclusion through timber recycling

When it was time to remove 400 metres of timber hoarding from around the perimeter of a construction site in the centre of Bristol, Safesite Facilities wanted to find a local and sustainable solution.

It came in the shape of Bristol Wood Recycling Project (BWRP), an innovative social enterprise, which is working to benefit the community and the environment through its wood waste collection service, timber yard and volunteer-led wood workshop.

Chris Horner, Health and Safety and Environmental Manager, Safesite Facilities said: “It can often be a challenge to recycle painted timber hoarding because the wood has been treated and coated, and therefore needs to be stripped before it can be reused.

“As part of our ongoing commitment to reducing waste and protecting the environment we’re always looking for innovative ways to recycle our materials, once they are no longer required on site. BWRP diverts waste wood from landfill for sale and reuse and provides a fantastic resource of affordable, salvaged timber. As a not-for-profit company all of BWRP’s profits are dedicated to increasing its social and environmental contribution.”

The volunteers and staff engaged with Bristol Wood Recycling Project come from diverse backgrounds. Together, they create an inclusive, sociable space with a common aim to prevent waste and encourage others to do the same.

Around 50% of the materials they receive can be reused, once it is hand-sorted and de-nailed. Usable pieces are given a new lease of life through the timber yard and workshop. Timber which cannot be reused is recycled into woodchip.

Vistry Partnerships West is the principal contractor on the ND6 & ND7 project, in Bristol’s Temple Quay Enterprise Zone. The development will provide over 350 contemporary, long term residential apartments in the centre of the city. Safesite Facilities has provided site safety and security measures across the site including perimeter timber hoarding, fencing, and vehicle gates.