KCOM has partnered with local recycling specialist ReWorked to install a new collection point for used Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
Once deposited by KCOM’s key worker engineers, the PPE is then collected by ReWorked and taken to its Hull recycling centre where it will be transformed into a range of useful products such as garden furniture and building materials.
“Our engineers are key workers who use a lot of PPE to keep our customers safe while out and about across East Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire, building vital new broadband infrastructure,” said Mark Blenkinsop, head of CSR at the East Yorkshire-based broadband provider.
“This means we generate a lot of waste PPE that needs to be disposed of safely. This scheme is a fantastic way to give our used PPE a second life as useful household and garden products, ensuring nothing goes to waste.
“It’s great to be able to do this in collaboration with a local company like ReWorked, meaning the waste doesn’t have to travel far to be recycled, as well as boosting the region’s economy.”
Izzie Glazzard, ReWorked Marketing Manager, said: “We’re excited to be able to support fellow Hull-based business KCOM in their efforts to reduce their waste footprint.
“With PPE being such a new waste stream, it’s admirable to see KCOM acting so fast to prevent it from going to landfill – it really shows their core ethos as a company.
“The plastic waste material will go on to become building materials, furniture and even more PPE collection bins.”