As part of The Forshaw Group’s ongoing commitment to the environment, we are always looking for ways in which to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill from our restoration services. This also applies when, in the event of a fire, flood, or ingress of water, we assess the damage not just to the property, but also to the contents of the home or business, and consider the best options for restoration or removal.
Some damaged items can be priceless to the homeowner, such as antique heirlooms or photographs, or paperwork to a business owner, and we strive to help repair and replenish anything of value, whether sentimental or monetary. We have a specialist storage and restoration facility at our premises at The Forshaw Group, where we store and restore any items that we can whilst we deal with the restoration process to the property.
Too often, furniture and appliances are ‘BER’ – beyond economic repair, meaning that the cost of restoration of an item would be far greater than the cost of purchasing a replacement. This is often the case with more modern furniture, such as those made from chipboard or MDF, which are extremely susceptible to warping and rotting from flood and water damage, or electrical appliances and items which may have been the cause of a fire.
When any items are beyond our repair, physically or from an insurance perspective, and need disposing, rather than sending the items straight to landfill which can have a detrimental impact on the environment, we look to other ways to help reduce our carbon footprint.
We have partnered with Bulky Bob’s, a social enterprise and charitable initiative working in line with Liverpool and Oldham Council, which removes bulky furniture; from large kitchen appliances to mattresses, furniture and more.
Bulky Bob’s offers a collection service where, for a fee, the items will be removed from the property, but this is money well spent as the company will then test, repair and refurbish any furniture it can. These can then be gifted to underprivileged families across the region, or marked for sale in Bulky Bob’s Furniture World showrooms. This then makes second-hand items accessible to all incomes, and reduces the amount of items and components sent to landfill.
Anything which can’t be restored for re-use or sale, such as electrical items, are stripped down for any usable parts which can then help service other’s machines, before they are made safe for disposal.
Managing director, Liam Hanlon, commented: “This is the ultimate way in which to reuse, reduce and recycle. Our partnership with Bulky Bob’s means that no matter the property restoration requirements, we can ensure that the waste from our services will always be disposed of correctly and in the right manner, to make a difference to our customers, local people in need, and the environment.”
Speak to our team if you are in need of our restoration services to your property and belongings.