Recipro Launch Third Reuse Centre in less than Two Years

posted 13.11.2013

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Recipro, the innovative construction reuse business launched in 2008, last week launched their third ReciproCity Reuse Centre in East London.  ReciproCities are building material reuse centres which have been created to provide an alternative to the skip for surplus building materials which inevitably arise on construction sites.  These materials are moved to their nearest centre, from where they are supplied into local communities at a fraction of their original cost.

The contractors and suppliers who donate stock into the centres receive environmental and social reporting, quantifying the waste and carbon savings created, as well as the social impact their materials have made.

The centre was launched on November 7th 2013, at an event attended by many notable names from the construction and community sectors, including Paul Glinn, Head of Architecture for Marks & Spencer?s who officially opened the centre.  Some of the contractors already involved in the Recipro scheme include ISG, Bam Nuttall, Sir Robert McAlpine, Balfour Beatty and Mace.

Caroline Hutson, Senior Environmental Manager at Bam Nuttall said, ?We were delighted to involve the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Transformation Project in this scheme.  As a company we are always on the lookout for innovations to enhance our sustainability and corporate responsibility initiatives and this fit the bill perfectly.  We had high targets for reuse on this project, and we?re confident that by working with Recipro, we can achieve these.?


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Recipro also works with suppliers and manufacturers of construction materials, offering a solution for end of line and slow moving stocks.  Travis Perkins Group have been huge supporters of the scheme since it launched, and in the North West region were able to save community projects over £22,000 in year one of donating end of line, slow moving stock into ReciproCity Wirral.  John Leader, Group Environmental Manager of Travis Perkins Group said ?We are supporting Recipro as it offers a great sustainable solution for ourselves, and our customers.  It not only provides environmental and social benefits, but economical ones too as waste costs are reduced.?

ReciproCity East London is the third centre to be opened by the company, following ReciproCity Wirral and ReciproCity Cardiff, which opened in December 2011 and July 2012 respectively.

Les Owens, Founder and Managing Director of Recipro said ?It?s amazing to think that this little idea I had years ago - to find an alternative to the skip for perfectly good materials- has come so far.  We could not have got to where we are without the full support of the industry, and the contractors and suppliers who worked with us to create a model which benefits us all.  The future for our company is bright ? we?re already planning a national roll-out of the scheme, with the support of the organisations we are already working with.  I?ve worked in the construction industry for over 35 years, and it is incredible to see an entire industry pulling together for good ? to reduce waste and carbon, and to benefit local communities.?

ReciproCity East London has benefitted from the support of the London Re-use Network (LRN), a public funded body created to raise the awareness and impact of reuse in the capital.  Members of the network operate reuse services in a range of fields, from furniture to computers to clothing, but ReciproCity East London is the first to operate in the construction sector.  Charles Craft, Managing Director of the London Reuse Network said, ?It is wonderful to see a company take such an innovative approach to reuse, running a professional outfit which provides benefits for the local community and the environment.?

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