BIU Group, one of the UK’s leading textile recycling companies, is experiencing a growing interest in its revolutionary no-key textile banks. The banks, which incorporate a new chute and locking system, are extremely secure and theft proof.
Easy to install, the banks, which in many cases have been jointly branded with customer logos, have already been implemented in car parks and outside shops in a number of locations across the UK. Partners include Nisa, Tesco Metro and Sainsbury’s convenience stores, as well as independent shops, such as clothing retailers and eateries.
Once the recycling banks are installed on site, BIU Group works closely with its partners to develop joint promotional activities, to generate interest and increase footfall. Store managers are also awarded ‘Thank You’ certificates, which can be displayed in store, to further promote the store’s involvement with local charities and the local community.
Using branded vehicles and uniformed drivers carrying ID, BIU is also renowned for its excellent service levels which are tailored to suit each site, including its 24-hour response time for any issues that may arise. The company’s in-house facilities, which include a workshop to carry out remedial work and its own trucks for transportation, ensure site owners always have a well presented recycling bank on their land. As a matter of course, BIU Group refurbishes recycling banks every two years, to ensure they look smart and clean.
Remaining at the forefront of innovation and best practice is imperative for BIU. An example is the organisation’s recent award of ISO 14001 and 9001 for its environmental and quality management systems. These, along with the organisation’s reciprocal agreements with long term and reputable sorting and grading merchants, has meant the level of funds raised for BIU’s charity partners is regularly maintained.
Textile recycling banks and organisations like BIU Group have become a vital lifeline for many local charities and local communities as they struggle to cope with the continuing recession and changes in legislation. To date, the company has raised nearly £5 million for its partner charities, which includes seven air ambulances, a children’s hospice, community sporting organisations and a disabled children’s mobility equipment provider.
Recycling banks also allow companies to illustrate their environmental responsibility and concern as well as their corporate social responsibility by reducing the amount of clothing and textiles sent to landfill and giving back to the groups and communities that need the most support.
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