Surplus Building Materials Helping Community Groups

posted 30.03.2012

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At Recipro we are dedicated to moving surplus building materials away from the waste stream to create a green building industry.  As well as our online website for anyone to use to pass on their leftover building supplies, we offer corporate services for large construction projects and suppliers, wishing to pass on their building materials into community groups.

This blog looks at one example of a recent community group who benefited from purchasing cheap building materials from Recipro, and how this contributed to the environmental impact of the construction project.

Key Stats:

? More than £1800 of community savings *

? 1381kg carbon saved

? 9.5 tonnes of waste diverted

Wallasey Gymnastic Club is dedicated to providing a fun learning environment for all children from ages 4+, while instilling life values through the sport of gymnastics. We believe in encouraging children, as we guide them safely through skill progressions that will enhance their gymnastics career. Wallasey Gymnastic Club promises to provide professional training that will help instil self confidence into the hearts of our gymnasts as they set personal goals and strive to meet their full potential.

Originally based in a local school, Wallasey Gymnastics Club moved to larger premises due to demand from local children. The commercial unit they moved into was in a poor state of repair, due to vandals and the fact that it had been empty for some time. Wallasey Gymnastics Club is a not for profit association run by volunteers.

The gymnastics club purchased a variety of building materials from Recipro, including surplus Thermolite block and a variety of good quality second hand furniture, saving over £1800*.

The total carbon saved through the reuse of these materi­als was 1381 kg, including a recipient saving as the ma­terial did not need to be ?remade?, and a supplier saving by diverting the material from the waste stream. Over 9.5 tonnes of waste was diverted.

The Gymnastics Club project is ongoing, and Wallasey are looking to obtain many more building supplies from Recipro throughout the course of the build programme.

?Recipro is a fantastic resource for community groups such as our own allowing us to source building materials for a reduced cost which has been of enormous as­sistance in our project. We would also like to go on record to thank Wates con­struction, by taking a new approach towards resource management we have been able to purchase high qual­ity block at an affordable price. We will be sure to utilise Recipro in the fu­ture for our maintenance and building work. Once again many thanks to all the team at Recipro for their support and advice when ever we needed it. Special thanks to Paul and Beckie who have assisted us during this project. Keep up the good work!?

Jim Mullholland, Chairman, Wallasey Gymnastics Club

If you know of any community groups who could benefit from cheap building materials, call us on 0844 225 3000 or email

* based upon cost of same or similar new material, assuming no trade discount

Category: Case Studies, community