We are quite particular at Winchcombe Reclamation about what we do and how we do it. We naturally dislike wastefulness and always endeavour to be resourceful in employing our efforts to minimize generating waste. For example broken bricks and tiles that are unsellable are used by local farmers for hardcore for tracks and gateways. Offcuts of timber are chopped into firewood for our family and staff for open fires during the winter. Broken and shaled slate is put aside for packing or garden mulch. Crates, cages and pallets are reused until they fall apart. Metals are separated and taken to the scrap yard. In fact we only generate 5 or 6 skips worth of waste a year. We continue to try to reduce this even further each year. There are areas for improvement and at present we are looking for a biodegradable wrap for pallets that does not degrade in our yard. We only use registered waste carriers to dispose of our waste.
Our impact on the environment
We aim to tread as lightly as we can on our own immediate environment. Our yard is both our livelihood and the home to many, many animals and we try to respect that as we work. We have seen kingfishers and herons along the riverbank, and trout in the River Isbourne that borders our yard. We leave an area of the bottom yard wild to provide a natural riverbank and floodplain habitat. In this we have seen lizards, grass snakes basking so we constructed a 'hotel' for them from stacked pallets and ridge tiles. We also border Toddington railway line and so have rabbits and their predators, foxes and buzzards as regular visitors. In our shed we share the summer months with a family of swallows. We spend the spring anxiously awaiting their arrival and then when they do arrive, tolerate the mess as they rear their young. Then we worry about their long journey to South Africa. We also have pied wagtails, blue tits and wrens that nest about the yard. We have been known on more than one occasion to refuse to sell or move stock to prevent nesting birds from being disturbed.
We are proactive in our approach to our work as we become aware of problems or issues we do and will continue to adapt our business to be fair and considerate.