Surplus Rescue CIC, Winner of The Herald’s Green Business of The Year Award 2014 and run by Shelly Monk, is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company, set up to rescue second-hand items from usable waste streams: from construction projects which otherwise send to landfill, to office furniture and commercial clearances. These items are offered for sale to start-ups, growing businesses, third sector and other organisations across Plymouth and the South West.
As part of a contract with Plymouth City Council, Surplus Rescue collected 200 desks and drawer pedestal units in July and have a further 400 arriving over the summer. Example prices are: Ergonomic and straight desks from £35, pedestal units from £15, office chairs from £20 each, along with various steel cupboards and filing cabinets etc.
Do you know of any charities that would like to have these donated to them? Alternatively social enterprises can receive further discounts on the above prices too. Surplus Rescue are also happy to do great deals on bulk purchases too for businesses and schools etc.
Surplus Rescue was initially set up as a service for the construction industry to assist them with the reduction of clean, usable waste from construction projects which are otherwise sent to landfill. These goods and materials are then matched against charities wish lists held by Surplus Rescue and offered for free to charitable, social enterprise and community projects. If there’s no match for any rescued items, they are then offered for sale at bargain prices to small start up organisations and individuals to help them keep their initial start up costs as low as possible.
If your community project would like to share your wish list, or you want to know more about the office furniture, you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone her on 07929 758660.