Structure Tone, part of the STO Building Group, deliver fit out and refurbishment projects for some of the world’s leading companies. As part of its commitment to drive sustainability forward for its clients and also as a general contractor making an impact, is Structure Tone’s processes for robust waste diversion and tracking jobsite carbon. During a recent office refurbishment project at Canary Wharf London, Structure Tone’s sustainability manager identified over 2,500 clean carpet tiles that could be reused; and contacted Encore Environment to facilitate the diversion through ProjectDIVERT, to donate them to organisation’s needing new flooring.
Responsible waste management gives unwanted carpet new life
This mindset of identifying clean reusable items before they become contaminated by being placed in a mixed-use skip, has a huge beneficial impact on organisation’s that don’t have much funding and often have to ‘mend and make do’ or go without. It also provides the contractor with a waste cost saving! Once the connections were made, the carpet tiles were divided up and wrapped ready for delivery to their new homes. 1,600 tiles were delivered to Seven Mills Primary School in London to be used in three classrooms, 500 tiles were donated to The Refugee Women’s Association, and 400 tiles were received by Hestia Latch House, which provides specialist support to male offenders with substance misuse issues.
Jasmina Dimitrijevic, Project Manager at the Refugee Women’s Association said: “Before, our carpet was torn in several places and we had to tape it down with duct tape. It was hazardous and a health and safety issue in the office. Thank you for donating the carpet tiles that will certainly ensure the office is safe and looks better. We still have some tiles left to do other rooms! A BIG THANK YOU and carry on your good work.”
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