Projects

Recycling and waste management

We believe firmly in recycling at source. We can currently recycle:

  • Paper
  • Plastic
  • Cardboard
  • Newspapers
  • Glass
  • Toners
  • Batteries
  • Metal
  • Electrical and electronic waste

The remainder of our waste is sent to the local energy from waste facility which provides electricity to power over 25,000 homes in Birmingham. This ensures that 100% of our waste is diverted from landfill.

Energy – Smart metering

In buildings, Three, Four and Nine we have installed “smart meters” throughout the buildings. This allows us to monitor how the electricity is being used in each building “by the hour ” to ensure we are operating the building as efficiently as possible. Since the installation of the meters we have made a number of changes in the building operations and we are seeing up to 20% reductions in energy.

Act on CO2 – Follow the link below to find handy tools, guides and reports to help your business address climate change.

http://www.carbontrust.com/resources

Travel

As part of its sustainability programme, Brindleyplace is backing Liftshare’s Lift to Work scheme aimed at getting business people to share transport and reduce carbon emissions across the UK.

The scheme currently has 500,000 individual members and 600 corporate lift share schemes, all of which are now reaping the many benefits that Liftshare has to offer. Perhaps most importantly, the scheme can allow companies to monitor their efforts in reducing carbon dioxide emissions but individuals will also see a reduction in commuting costs and a lesser demand for car parking spaces. Additionally, businesses can take advantage of an improved community profile and encourage behavioural change amongst its employees.

For further information visit liftshare.com.

In support of Brindleyplace’s sustainable travel endeavours and assisting novice bike commuters, Brindleyplace met with Cycle Chain, a social enterprise that works with people with visual or mental impairment and those recovering from mental health problems.

Working out of a refurbished barge on Cambrian Wharf they provide training in bicycle mechanics supporting these individuals to acquire new skills and build confidence.

Cycle Chain offer a number of services including:

Servicing and repair – standard service £30 , parts are charged as extra and where possible recycled parts will be used. Brindleyplace business tenants are eligible for a 10% discount.

Sales and the environment – Cycle Chain are a social enterprise, saving hundreds of bikes from the scrapheap at the same time offering robust affordable transport to the public that has been carefully and safely serviced prior to sale. This is both environmentally friendly and makes buying a bike more affordable and attainable to first time cyclists who do not wish to spend a fortune on a bike.

Dr Bike – “While you wait” adjustments” booked by groups for half day sessions where cyclist can bring their bikes. This works out at around £40.00 per hour (negotiable) for a mechanic and includes parts such as brake blocks, and cables and can fit parts providing the they are made aware in advance.

Bike hire – £3.00 per hour or £12.00 per day. Folding bikes and mountain type bikes available.

Basic cycle maintenance courses – five 90 minute sessions covering the basics such as puncture repair, gear and brake adjustment accommodating up to ten people at a time. The cost is £500 per course and can be held at workplaces during lunch time and after work.

Road Safety – Cycle Chain are also Bikeability registered and can offer bespoke national standards training the price depends on the numbers of students but is approximately £35.00 per hour.

REDUCE, REUSE & RECYCLE!

For further information visit CycleChain.org or call John on 07547 587 050.