Waste Not Want Not – How Northamptonshire Waste Management Companies Can Work with Giving World Online
Waste management companies can work hand in hand with an award winning charity to cut down on the millions of tonnes of rubbish sent to the capital’s landfill sites.
Giving World Online already works with Greenzone Facilities Management, based in Newark and is looking to further develop links with waste management firms.
Andrew Punshon, the charity’s Marketing, Communications and PR Officer, said: “Each year United Kingdom businesses send tens of millions of pounds worth of surplus goods to landfill.
“Everyday millions of people and families struggle to afford basic life essentials like food, clothing, toiletries and thousands of United Kingdom charities and grassroots community groups struggle to deliver valuable services that positively touch the lives of millions.
“Giving World Online offers a solution for busy companies and organisations that do not have the time or resources to find people that could benefit from their surplus goods.’’
Giving World Online is provided free of charge to both donors and the recipient charities and community groups, all recipient charities have to pay is transport or postal costs.
The scheme is designed so that donor and beneficiary arrange the logistics directly, ensuring the goods are not transported to a holding warehouse only to have to be transported out again.
Giving World Online is an extra arm for waste management companies, and we are free to use.
One recent example of this was when the charity received 240 pallets of socks, the firm who made them no longer had any use for them and they were paying storage costs as well.
Andrew added: “Why send perfectly good quality goods to landfill? it also saves firms from paying warehouse storage costs for goods they no longer require.
“With regard to Greenzone, we are another arm to their service, and an extra resource for them to call upon.
“They advertise what we do on their website, so any of the firms they deal with have Giving World Online at their fingertips.
“Benefit-wise, not only do waste management firms receive the kudos and feel good for cutting down the amount of rubbish they send to landfill sites, so do the businesses they work with.
“Also, they will be doing something worthwhile for the environment, which will boost their image in their own community.
“This is extra important as the Government wants to cut down on landfill use and wants everyone, not just waste management firms, local authorities and businesses to think about this.’’
Giving World Online was set up a decade ago by sisters Rama and Sujata Bhalla and has recently benefitted from a Big Lottery grant which has allowed it to develop and advance across the nine English regions.
It has boosted dozens of charities including a special needs school, a volunteer-run boxing gym, a performing arts group for youngsters and has helped give toys to destitute children.
Brian Langton, Project Officer, said: “Giving World Online is an award winning innovative platform which enables businesses to donate surplus end of line stock, free of charge, to people in need, producing business savings in the keys areas of storage, handling, disposal and carbon footprint.
“At the same time, with 13.4 million people in the UK living below the poverty line, this has a substantial beneficial impact on the lives of vulnerable and isolated people.
“Companies use Giving World Online to redirect surplus assets, such as clothing, babywear, nappies, toiletries, personal hygiene, toys/educational materials, computers, outdoor wear, furniture, electrical, bedding, toys, books, blankets and healthcare, to those that need them desperately.’’
For further information about the charity, please go to www.givingworldonline.com