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    National Project 

    Client: Various
    Date: Ongoing
    Venue: National

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Having successfully achieved ISO 14001:2004, Breyer Group is continuously exploring new ways in which it can better control the environmental impact of its construction work. One of many schemes that is proving successful is the National Community Wood Recycling project (NCWRP).

The NCWRP was founded in 2003 and is a expanding network of not for- profit social enterprises set up to recycle ‘waste’ timber that would otherwise end up in landfill. The NCWRP provides jobs, training and volunteering opportunities for local people who may find it difficult to enter the local labour market.

Breyer Group has piloted this initiative at a number of sites with excellent results. The service has been extremely reliable with minimal disruption and collections can be arranged at very short notice. Perry Williams (Senior Site Manager) mentioned that “it costs less than traditional means and NCWRP provide a 13 cubic feet, open backed transit van which is very easy to load. The service is fantastic and NCWRP can provide a ‘same-day’ collection.”

There are many ‘direct’ benefits of this scheme and they include:

  • Reduced costs for waste disposal as ‘waste’ timber is recycled at a significantly lower cost than conventional methods
  • Saving landfill space
  • Recycling ‘waste’ timber means less energy is used and less pollution caused by transporting waste to landfill sites
  • Greater availability of high quality, low cost timber within the local community for DIY/local improvements
  • Employment of local labour; voluntary/training opportunities – which help build confidence & self-esteem
  • Helping to achieve environmental commitments / targets and aspirations
  • Becoming an innovator in good practice and potentially influencing change within the industry via this initiative 
  • Generatingawarenessofthebenefitsfromrecycling which may lead to more proactive recycling habits

Another benefit is a reduction in the demand for new imported wood. This means fewer trees are cut down,

helping to protect forests; reducing energy use and the pollution caused by transporting new timber across great distances. ‘Waste’ timber can be transformed into an item that is re-usable and sold or, donated for the benefit of local community groups/charities. Smaller pieces of waste timber become firewood, compost or are remade into chipboard or used as energy chips.

Tim Breyer, Managing Director of Breyer Group stated that “We are constantly seeking to reduce our environmental impact and support local communities and this scheme links both.” Now that this scheme has been trailed, Breyer Group considers (on a site- by site basis), where this scheme can be incorporated and implements it to reduce environmental waste and increase the employment of local labour. Steve Troubridge, (Environmental Manager) estimated that during the first three months of using NCWRP, approximately 162 cubic yards of timber was removed from our pilot sites. Richard Mehmed (Project Director from NCWRP) had the following to say “We are really delighted to be working with The Breyer Group. This deal gives a real boost to the community wood recycling sector.” In the trial phase Breyer have already shown great commitment to the scheme and have been great to work with. Unlike many construction companies, Breyer are putting resource use high up the agenda and we look forward to a long and successful future working together” The Breyer Group is delighted to be working in partnership with organisations such as NCRWP and is looking forward to a long and successful working relationship.