Three major retailers in Hampshire are the latest to have BIU Group’s (BIU) brightly coloured textile recycling banks placed on their sites to benefit local charities.
The distinctive yellow banks, located in Tesco Express in Compton Square, Andover; Asda in Anton Mill, Andover and Waitrose in Romsey, will raise life-saving funds for the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Air Ambulance (HIOWAA) as part of a new partnership between BIU and Hampshire’s Test Valley Borough Council. As prime sites, with heavy footfall, they are expected to make a significant contribution to the £2 million already raised by the recycling scheme for HIOWAA.
BIU has raised over £5 million through textile recycling since it was established in 2005, with the emphasis always on helping local charity partners, usually those without a network of shops, to change and save lives – ranging from air ambulances across the UK, children’s hospices, sporting associations and children’s disability charities.
BIU invests time and effort into guaranteeing maximum support for sites and delivering excellent service levels. The company works to stringent processes; banks are delivered in top condition, clearly branded with BIU livery and contact details. To ensure store personnel know who is attending, BIU’s drivers wear a uniform and carry ID badges at all times.
Wendy Yarney, Charity Partnerships Manager of BIU Group said, “Although some of the detail may seem small, it all goes towards our promise to site owners and retailers to deliver a straight forward and professional service, ensuring no hassle or problems”.
BIU ensures the recycling banks are frequently emptied to keep the sites clean and they are never allowed to overflow. Making sure the banks are emptied on a regular basis is a key part of BIU’s high quality service. Their banks provide a 20% higher yield than many banks due to their patent pending anti-theft technology and security.
BIU’s quality and environmental integrated management systems accreditations (ISO 9001 and 18001) are testament to the high quality service they deliver. Industry leading tracking software keeps a watchful eye on every kilo deposited in the recycling banks across the UK to ensure traceability from the point of donation through to final destination.
All textiles are resold to markets in the UK and overseas, where demand for quality, second hand items is high, whilst some are recycled. Even items that appear unusable can have an end-of-life use, such as punch-bag fillings or as a combustible fuel source – a much better option than joining the 1.2 million tonnes of textiles that enter landfill each year.
If your store can provide a recycling service for customers and support a local charity, please contact Wendy Yarney, Charity Partnerships Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.