Place Category: Environment
The objectives of the organisation are to advance the protection and improvement of the environment and to help to safeguard the Earth’s natural resources and ecological balance, in particular through the provision and management or a recycling service and associated facilities; and to educate the public about environment matters related to the recycling of household and industrial waste.
Paperchain have been involved with Access to Employment since 2003 to help enable people with learning disabilities to make a valued contribution to the world of work by offering training for employment by way of our cardboard bedding project.
Social Impact Statements:
Social Impact Statements
The Social Enterprise Mark criteria includes a requirement that the applicant can demonstrate that social and/or environmental objectives are being achieved.
In support of this, new applicants and renewing Mark holders must submit Social Impact Statements that summarise their headline activities and achievements, helping show how they are striving to make a difference and stand up to scrutiny of purpose as a social enterprise.
1) Offering work experience opportunities for adults with learning disabilities and other disadvantages
Partner organisations have been forced to withdraw supervisory cover over the last few years due to funding cuts and DWP changes affecting their service users.
Due to these cuts, Paperchain has been unable to safely continue the community based activities within the animal bedding project and has responded by providing one to one supervised work experience opportunities for those with learning disabilities and other disadvantages.
In 2015/16 two adults have attended and gained experience working alongside one of our directors out on the van and back in the warehouse. The two adults attend Exeter Royal Academy for Deaf Education.
- Basic Manual Handling – moving recycling from site of origin to van and the unloading
- Social Interaction – being encouraged to communicate with customers
- Communication – interacting from directors within the workplace
- Record keeping – recording data
- Health & Safety – on the job awareness training by director
2) Provide a convenient service for the public to recycle unwanted clothes & shoes
Paperchain has undertaken a program of refurbishment of our textile banks throughout the Exeter area with the aim of encouraging more clothes & shoes to be recycled.
As you can see from the graph the tonnage has gone up.
Although the financial reward has significantly decreased this year Paperchain continue to offer this service despite many of the commercial companies no longer considering it a viable service to provide.
3) Improve good environmental practice through segregated recycling
Most recycling companies collect mixed materials in bulk and recycle to the lowest common grade or burn as energy to waste.
Segregated recycling enables the material to have multiple life cycles [e.g. recycled back into paper] rather than re-purposed [e.g. virgin paper recycled into tissue paper].
Paperchain encourage customers to provide us with their clean, dry materials segregated at source enabling us to recycle into the best possible industry grades.
During 2015/16 Paperchain was downgraded on a few occasions due to market changes to the paper grades. The three working directors visited our paper purchaser on a fact finding visit to learn how to improve our processes to keep our materials in the best grades possible. Our paper has not been downgraded since.