CO2Sense

Introduction

CO2Sense, which is funded by Yorkshire Forward, is a consultancy for Yorkshire and Humber businesses to help them reduce their carbon emissions. Their business support ensured Doncaster Refurnish won a contract with Doncaster Council to collect bulky goods and recycle them in the borough.

Summary

By stopping more than 2,300 tonnes of waste from going to landfill, Doncaster Refurnish has avoided the release of over 12 000 tonnes of greenhouse gas and has created 27 new jobs. CO2Sense resource efficiency project manager Paul Forrest said: “By helping social enterprises like Doncaster Refurnish we are putting in place new re-use and recycling capacity. It means that both homes and businesses have high quality alternatives to sending their waste to landfill.”

The new contract would not have been possible without business support from CO2Sense, according to Doncaster Refurnish chief executive Jo Ward. “The CO2Sense team have a massive knowledge base,” she said. “If we’re not sure about something, they can clarify it so that we can grow our business and re-use and recycle more furniture and electrical goods.”

You can find out more about CO2Sense at www.co2sense.org.uk.

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In Detail

Furniture and electrical appliance re-use company Doncaster Refurnish has won a contract with Doncaster Council to collect bulky goods from households in the borough, thanks to business support from CO2Sense Yorkshire.

The company collects unwanted furniture and electrical items which are then checked and repaired before being sold at affordable prices, often to people in hardship.

Started in 2003, Doncaster Refurnish now has three shops selling on furniture and bulky goods. Its service greatly reduces the amount of unnecessary waste that goes to landfill and ensures that the full life of products is reached by selling on to grateful new owners.

The new contract would not have been possible without business support from CO2Sense, according to Doncaster Refurnish chief executive Jo Ward. “The CO2Sense team have a massive knowledge base,” she said. “If we’re not sure about something, they can clarify it so that we can grow our business and re-use and recycle more furniture and electrical goods.”

By stopping more than 2,300 tonnes of waste furniture and WEEE from going to landfill, Doncaster Refurnish has avoided the release of over 12 000 tonnes of greenhouse gas. It has also created 27 new jobs.

Doncaster Refurnish also collects bulky items from businesses, an area of its work that CO2Sense is seeking to support further. CO2Sense resource efficiency project manager Paul Forrest said: “By helping social enterprises like Doncaster Refurnish we are putting in place new re-use and recycling capacity. It means that both homes and businesses have high quality alternatives to sending their waste to landfill.”

He added: “Firms like Doncaster Refurnish save money, save CO2 emissions and, in this instance, help people on low incomes to buy furniture and electrical items they otherwise may not be able to afford.”

Doncaster Refurnish is the first social enterprise project in Yorkshire and Humber to be awarded a bulky goods collection contract from a local authority. It was also shortlisted this year for the National Chamber Awards Business of the Year.

As well as helping businesses in the recycling and re-use sectors, CO2Sense also provides general business advice on saving waste, energy and water costs. Find out more at www.co2sense.org.uk or call 0113 237 8400.
 

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