Waste not, want not in action at John Lewis

EASTEX, the local materials exchange scheme run by green charity Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT). has helped John Lewis put its “waste not, want not” ethos into action.

John Lewis’s Peterborough branch used Eastex’s website – www.eastex.org.uk – to find new homes for old display cabinets following a refurbishment of the store. As a result, a host of local organisations are benefiting from the donated items.

Hugh Cripps, chief executive of PECT, believes it’s important that useful items stay out of landfill.

He said: “We set up Eastex in 2005 to reduce the amount of rubbish businesses send to landfill. The success of the scheme has proved our theory that what one business may consider rubbish is a useful material for someone else.

Since its inception Eastex has diverted 15,000 tonnes of waste from landfill and saved organisations £1.5 million in waste disposal and procurement costs.

“The website is free to use and makes it easy for businesses to get rid of things they no longer want. It’s also a great place for organisations to get business materials second hand at no cost.”

Local organisations, including Railworld, Scope and the Salvation Army will benefit from the cases and cabinets from John Lewis.

Some of the items are being used by local palaeontologist Jamie Jordan to open a new fossil museum in the city – opening date to be announced soon.

There are still some cases available including 1200mm x 600mm tank cases, and 600mm x 600mm tall towers.

For more information, call PECT’s green business officer, Kim Coley, on 01733 866436 or visit www.eastex.org.uk