As one of the UK’s foremost textile recycling companies, BIU Group has been working with Tesco stores in a number of locations across the UK. In Ryde, on the Isle of Wight, the company has been working with the local Tesco store since 2008.
Just this one store has already raised £60,000 of life-saving funds for the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance (HIOWAA) charity, demonstrating what a difference textile recycling can make to local charitable causes.
Residents of Ryde are able to directly support local charities, like the HIOWAA through this recycling scheme set up by BIU and Tesco. One of the reasons why BIU has been so successful is the emphasis the company places on their textile banks raising funds for specific UK based charities, which in turn benefits local communities.
BIU not only works with large national supermarket chains, like Tesco, but with smaller convenience stores as well, installing textile recycling banks at various locations across the UK. Once the textile banks are installed on site, BIU works tirelessly with stores to ensure maximum efficiencies, making sure the process is straightforward and well maintained.
For many stores, theft from banks has been a real issue, resulting in unwanted attention and damage, not to mention loss of funds, making life difficult for those charged with maintaining the recycling banks.
Working closely with its partners, BIU constantly works with customers to eliminate any problems that might occur. Their anti-theft recycling banks for example, are fitted with a unique keyless locking system, making them near impossible to break into. When it comes to security, BIU is way ahead of its competitors, resulting in higher yields for its beneficiaries (on average 20%) placing BIU banks way ahead of the industry standard.
BIU also takes great pride in retaining complete control of the “bank life cycle” maintaining the banks, refurbishing them when necessary, replacing them as required.
BIU banks are also emptied regularly, to ensure donated items do not overflow, keeping sites clean and tidy. As a further security measure, all BIU drivers are uniformed and in liveried vehicles, so stores always know who is attending.
Maximum funding, quality of service and integrity is what BIU strives to deliver at all levels. This is evident from the organisation’s credentials, which include ISO9001 and ISO14001 accreditations, for quality and environmental standards. These high standards have set BIU apart from its competitors and made it an industry leader in textile recycling.
Louise Knapton, director of BIU said, “Often people don’t realise how much it costs to run an Air Ambulance charity. HIOWAA needs £125 000 per day to keep its aircraft and crew operational. This is why our recycling service is so important and why we put so much emphasis into maintaining and developing our partnerships. We are thrilled with the amount raised by the Tesco store in Ryde. It shows how much just one store alone can help towards funding a life-saving charity.”
If you would like to learn more about BIU Group, or host a textile recycling bank at your store, then please contact Wendy Yarney at BIU Group on firstname.lastname@example.org.