Total Reuse was a simple idea. Based on the concept that the only way to achieve zero landfill was to find an alternative use for the things people no longer wanted or needed. In other words if you reuse it, it doesn't need recycling.
Initially it was to be nothing more than a website where individuals working on solutions to similar waste streams could exchange skills, knowledge and experiences. By reusing items we would be able to:
- extend the life of a reusable item thereby saving the earths natural resources
- save energy which helps reduce the risk of climate change
- reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill
- save us all money
The website lasted six months before it was hacked and disappeared over night forcing a rethink of why we existed. Whilst the priority remained diverting stuff from landfill a situation arose that led to the launch of our Tool Shed initiative aimed at improving the health and well being of older men (further details can be found under the Department section on the top menu).
Following a radio appearance the concept was picked up by an employee of the University of Liverpool starting a new chapter in the development of Total Reuse CIC. Diverting reusable items led to the formation of the Green Team that offered an alternative to skip hire. The popularity of the Green Team led to the formation of Total Clearance offering an ethical domestic and commercial clearance service.
Other initiatives followed including Bulky Waste Collections and a sofa and mattress deconstruction service expanding our work and diverting more things from the waste stream.
Whilst we have expanded our work in waste diversion the purpose of all this commercial activity is to generate income to create jobs, education, training and volunteering opportunities and provide a range of services to those in need including donating items to individuals, charities, community groups and good causes.