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Orbit Homes gets rid of dead wood through national recycling scheme

Orbit Homes is supporting Community Wood Recycling by using the social enterprise’s waste timber collection service at its development – The Hedgerows – in Hellingly.

The Hedgerows has benefitted from a 22 per cent saving for its timber waste removal through the partnership and Orbit Homes is in the process of rolling out this service to some of its other developments around the country.

Community Wood Recycling is a network of social enterprises that collects wood waste so that it can be reused in the local area.  Timber is sold for DIY or made into hand crafted products. Any wood that cannot be reused is recycled by chipping. This activity provides a wide range of disadvantaged people – including ex-offenders, those with mild mental health or learning difficulties and people who have come through drug and alcohol abuse, with the opportunity to build confidence, learn new skills, and overcome barriers to finding work.

Helen Moore, Group Director of Orbit Homes, commented: “As an organisation, we are committed to reducing our carbon footprint and taking positive action in order to increase our environmental sustainability. We aim to work with businesses who ensure our environmental priorities are embedded in what they do and collaborate to find innovative and alternative solutions to deliver a better environment. We want to help improve the lives of our customers, both now and in the future, and by working with social enterprises such as the Community Wood Recycling, we will be able to leave a lasting legacy.”

Richard Mehmed, Managing Director Community Wood Recycling, added: “We are delighted to be partnering with Orbit Homes to save precious resources and promote the circular economy, and to change the lives of disadvantaged people by building their confidence and giving them the skills, they need to get into employment.  We look forward to continuing to build the relationship.”

The Hedgerows at Hellingly is a new Orbit Homes development of two, three, four- and five-bedroom houses in a beautiful rural corner of East Sussex. The idyllic countryside location lies at the heart of a growing and thriving community and is perfectly positioned for families, first-time buyers and young professionals.