Energy firm Centrica has ramped up its sustainability plans by offloading an extensive range of unwanted catering equipment for second-hand re-use.
The company, which owns British Gas, worked in collaboration with its UK caterer BaxterStorey to bring in surplus equipment specialist Ramco to handle the project.
Ramco has facilitated the reuse of an extensive range of unwanted equipment from Centric’s British Gas facility in Staines, including combi ovens, refrigerators, dishwashers and range cookers.
Following the disposal of kitchen appliances from the site, the partnership has now expanded to cover additional assets including plant and machinery, fitness equipment and office furniture from additional locations in Manchester, Leeds, Cardiff and Leicester.
The equipment was sold through Ramco’s online auctions to customers and businesses who can ensure that each item is given a new lease of life.
On-site auctions from Centrica’s facilities were utilised where possible to reduce environmental impact, with Ramco also arranging sales for category-specific assets, including catering equipment from its specialist facility in Skegness.
Combined with the environmental benefits relating to reuse, Ramco’s sustainable disposal service has also enabled Centrica and BaxterStorey to reduce disposal costs while generating a financial return from the sale of equipment that can be reinvested within the organisations.
Penny Rendall, property manager at Centrica, said: “We are committed to doing everything that we can to reduce our impact on the environment and ensure that the business is operating sustainably.
“Our relationship with Ramco has enabled us to implement an environmentally-friendly disposal solution that gives our unwanted equipment a new lease of life, helping us to reduce waste and contributing towards creating a circular economy.”
Ramco’s business development manager, Paul Fieldhouse, said: “Over the last 18 months, our sustainable disposal approach has helped to give hundreds of surplus assets a new lease of life, reducing waste and disposal costs and generating valuable funds which can be reinvested.
“We’re committed to helping organisations reduce their carbon footprint and achieve their sustainability plans as the UK’s strives to achieve net zero by 2050.”