- February 19, 2024
Over the past 18 months AW Group has been developing a programme of Social Value initiatives and projects supporting local community initiatives based here in Folkestone. Initially we started with a timber project where we saw timber diverted away from skips to organisations that support youth work, rehabilitation, ex- offenders, timber to colleges to support carpentry/bricklaying courses, to supporting local community gardens that are dotted around the town.
It was by working with these organisations that we further identified material taken from sites could have real value to these organisations, without these engaging conversations we would not have realised how other people see a value in different waste streams.
- Tonne sand bags are being used to line planters, raised beds and compost bins constructed from old pallets
- Plastic ducting removed from site when cut up into foot lengths make perfect flower pots
- Imperfect engineering bricks have been used to make insect habitats
- Longer lengths of plastic ducting have been used as ventilation on heritage projects
On a recent conversion project of a McColls to Morrisons Daily store in Abergavenny, which in a previous life had acted as a local farm shop, there were several good quality wooden crates that had been used to display products/produce. Although the scope of the project had these items for disposal to skip, we reached out to the local community via their town Facebook page and received an overwhelming response from local organisations. Not only did we manage to upcycle these items but also several other legacy items were also redirected away from skips.