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I’m David Treadwell Founder of Mid Sussex Wood Recycling
Tell us a bit about you!
I set up Mid Sussex Wood Recycling in 2007, having left a 'proper job' with IBM in 2006.. I had volunteered with the Brighton Wood Store since arriving in Brighton in 2002 and the lure of setting up another project was irresistible. My motivation was looking at skips of perfectly good construction timber being sent to landfill and the opportunity to turn this 'waste' into a resource.
What amazing work you are doing or involved in for positive change?
We are a Social Enterprise that looks to employ people that have been marginalised in Society. 12 years on and we are still turning waste into a resource. In 2018 we recycled or reused over 1500 tonnes of timber
We work with all the major house builders in the region, helping them to reduce waste and create a positive social impact. We work with Gatwick Airport and their subcontractors in an educational and practical manner.
We work with Pericles, http://www.pericles.org.uk/ which is a charity that provides training and work experience for adults with learning difficulties. We accommodate 12 of their volunteers on a variety of wood related activities at our barn.
In 2019 we are looking to set up a Community Laundry for the Charity Care and Hospice sector, which will provide a reduced cost laundry service and allow these organisations to have more funds for providing care. We also donate timber for local community and school projects.
Where would you like to see yourself in 5 years?
In the next 5 year we would love to see our Community Laundry expanding to take on more customers in the Care sector, providing extra employment for disadvantaged adults.
Our next project will be to create a growing space for fruit and vegetables in an organic environment, providing local employment and supplying local food markets.
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