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Bright Green Enviromental Solutions Fina

OUR WORK

 THE CLIENT:

THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH

DATE:

2017-2019

 

IN BRIEF

THE PROBLEM:

Spiralling costs associated with the storage and disposal of unwanted 'waste' and a governmental pressure for the industry to work towards a zero landfill and a carbon reduction plan saw the client look to find a long term affordable solution to reduce their waste output for a number of problematic waste streams. Providing a dedicated logistics service to facilitate any efficient reuse strategy was outwith the client' internal estates departments remit.

THE IDEA:

To overhaul the current building decommissioning strategy and focus on a resource reuse framework. Implementing a solution that would allow the client to use a slow release plan for resources and remove storage and disposal cost and time barriers. Linking the university to beneficiaries outwith their own portfolio of properties to engage with the communities they operate within and allow staff from each department to share and access resources was the idea.

THE SOLUTION:

A cost effective product reuse strategy that has removed the need to dispose/recycle or send any goods to landfill. All resources enter Bright Green's redistribution facility where they are then processed and filtered through the 3 stages of the circular redistribution strategy using our online resource sharing solution created specifically for the client. Educating members of staff to look to reuse resources rather than by new dramatically dropped waste statistics for the client.

 
 

RESOURCES INVOLVED

01 / FURNITURE - COMMERCIAL & DOMESTIC
02 / WHITE GOODS
03 / CLOTHING/TEXTILES
04 / HOMEWARES
05 / ELECTRICAL GOODS
06 / FOOD

CIRCULAR REUSE STRATEGIES USED:

01 / MICRO

Cross departmental and inter departmental sharing of resources was achieved by removing storage and cost barriers that hinder a truly circular framework. Allowing the client the luxury of time meant that there was a no rush timescale when deciding upon best use for their resources within their own portfolio of properties be that office or residential spaces.

02 / MEZZO

The widening of the sharing network facilitated the passing of unwanted resources to other stakeholders such as their private sector leaseholders and their own student population. A bespoke storage and redistribution arrangement allowed for resources to be drip fed back through these stakeholders whilst still encompassing a the micro circular strategy.

03 / MACRO

Bright Green introduced the client to a community inclusive circular economy solution in order to maximise the usage of unwanted resources. Feeding resources through a bespoke online resource sharing portal coupled with community sharing events contributed to a efficient waste reduction strategy and a maximised reuse program for unwanted resources for the client.

THE STORY

01 / FURNITURE - COMMERCIAL & DOMESTIC

The creation of an internal circular economy solution. Implementing a low cost storage and redistribution strategy coupled with bespoke asset transfer software allowed cross departmental sharing of assets. Facilitated by our in house operations team, the movement of goods became unrestricted and unhampered by costs or time restrictions. Reuse is now the first option for all furniture. Unwanted goods are introduced to our mezzo and macro circular strategies, seeing goods flow from the client to external beneficiaries.

02 / WHITE GOODS

White goods from kitchen and communal areas and private flats enter the same asset transfer portal as above. PAT testing goods in the Bright Green facility allows faults to be identified and rectified before recirculating using internal and external routes.  

03 / CLOTHING/TEXTILES

The client required a solution to a problem that saw huge amounts of wastage during end of term student decant from university properties. Students who did not or could not transport clothing back home with them would have no option but to utilise skips placed on campus. Bright Green introduced a program of informative education, collection and sorting of all unwanted items of clothing and textiles from each campus. Reuse events and external redistribution strategies allows the life cycle of clothing to continue.

04 / HOMEWARES

Another end of term solution provided to quell the wasted reuse opportunity during the mass exodus of students at the end of term time. Working to collect, sort and remove from site within a restricted time schedule, dedicated teams work to facilitate this strategy to handle unwanted homewares from thousands of students across many sites.

05 / ELECTRICAL GOODS

Small electrical goods are handled by Bright Green on an ongoing basis for the client. Decommissioning flats, buildings or offices will see small electrical goods being removed and redistributed. Primarily entering external redistribution strategies through reuse events throughout Edinburgh, circular solutions facilitate the extended life-cycle through new ownership of small electrical goods.

06 / FOOD

Strategic partnership with food redistribution organisations allows for Bright Green to support the sharing of food for the client. Food left behind at term time or from the accommodation services teams is handled by our teams and redirected to organisations who will use it to feed the hungry.  

 

THE FIGURES

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