DIY store B&Q operates a community re-use scheme through all its branches across the UK. The scheme donates unsellable products and materials for re-use by local schools, other educational institutions and community groups, for the benefit of the local community and the environment.
The types of material includes:
- Wood, including off cuts and single use pallets
- Plastic plant pots and trays
- Damaged or part filled cans of paint.
- Broken tiles and slabs
- Ends of wallpaper rolls
- Plants that are not in peak condition and other compostable materials
- Old products that have been written off
All items are donated on the understanding that they will be re-used or disposed of responsibly if they are not used.
The community groups B&Q have worked with for Community Reuse have included:
- Community garden projects
- Registered charities
- Schools and colleges
- Community Repaint
- Youth groups, Scouts and Guides
- Preschool groups and registered child minders
Charities, community groups, colleges or schools interested should get in touch with B&Q. B&Q will add the organisation’s details to their database of community groups. When a B&Q store has something to donate, they will use this list to get in touch with groups in their area.