In the summer of 2003 Ben Moss and Nicola Padden met a great man with a great idea. Richard Mehmed had founded the Brighton and Hove Wood Recycling Project in 1998 – a self funded social and environmental project, working with volunteers, saving resources and generating its own income. His idea was to roll out his business model to other towns and cities around the country. Ben and Nicola leapt at the opportunity, knowing that Bristol was fertile growing ground for such environmentally and socially progressive ideas. Bristol Wood Recycling Project was born.
Since then they have weathered the downturn in the construction industry and the departure of their founders; they are now a workers’ co-operative in bigger premises with 11 staff, and in 2018, 128 people had the opportunity to volunteer with them. So popular has volunteering with them become that they have to operate a waiting list for the chance to volunteer (and wear one of their coveted BWRP hoodies!).
Bristol Wood Recycling Project
News from this enterprise
Award for Bristol Wood Recycling Project
Congratulations to Bristol Wood Recycling Project, named Breakthrough Co-op of the Year at the Co-op of the Year awards. The judges praised them for their social inclusion and support for volunteers.
Successful bond launch allows Bristol Wood Recycling Project to buy its new premises
Bristol Wood Recycling Project has raised the funds it needs to buy its new premises, hitting its £430,000 target in just a fortnight.
Bristol Wood Recycling Project is on the move!
After 14 years trading at the historic Cattle Market, Bristol Wood Recycling Project now has keys to its new premise in William Street, St Philips. The project’s last day of trading at Cattle Market Road will be on Saturday 27th January,
100 tonnes recycled at Bath Western Riverside
Representatives of Bristol Wood Recycling met with staff at Crest Nicholson Regeneration’s site at Bath Western Riverside yesterday to present them with a certificate of recycling achievement, celebrating the site’s contribution of over 100 tonnes of wood waste recycled with with Community Wood Recycling.
Video: New home for Bristol Wood Recycling Project
With the redevelopment of the area around the Bristol Wood Recycling Project for the Bristol Arena, the project is on the lookout for a new location. Local magazine Bristol 24/7 meets with Bristol staff and volunteers to find out more.