Portsdown Sustainability Review – in partnership with – The Recycled Assets Company
By using The Recycled Assets Company as their sustainability partner Portsdown have made sure that the hierarchy of waste is followed to full effect while also supporting disadvantage individuals back in to meaningful employment.

The Recycled Assets Company (TRACO) is a Hampshire based social enterprise with a mission to keep disadvantaged Britain working while respecting the environment through their green reuse initiatives. Sustainability is at the heart of TRACO’s work, ensuring they follow the hierarchy of waste with all waste streams they deal with.

A recent project that Portsdown partnered with TRACO was with Christchurch Council. Portsdown first had to empty the current offices, spread over 4 floors, with outmoded and in some cases broken furniture and replace with modern, more practical furniture. The challenge bought into play the circular economy and challenged TRACO to keep as many assets as possible from landfill and to reduce resource depletion, specifically in wood and metals.

If an item is not able to be resold or donated it was broken down into constituent parts such as plastics, wood, metal and recycled appropriately.
Working with Portsdown at Christchurch, The Recycled Assets Company recycled over 5 tonnes of wood which would otherwise have been skipped and become a burden to future generations.

Eco are our preferred wood recycling facility because they have invested in a biomass boiler which is part of a wider combined heat and power solution for residents and businesses around Christchurch. A perfect example of the circular economy in motion.

Jason Bentley, Founder and MD of TRACO recently commented; “Portsdowns commitment to reuse initiatives such as ours and their bias towards sustainable procurement makes them a company we like to do business with. Putting Re-use first may not always be the cheapest solution and it’s a credit to Portsdown that they tackle the environment head on and with passion.”

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