Website is saving the world while saving cash

A WEBSITE which has prevented 26 tonnes of waste from being buried in the ground is being re-launched to cater for the growing number of users.

In February 2010 the Oxfordshire Waster Partnership (OWP), launched www.retrader.org.uk which enables organisations to pass on items they no longer need, to those that do need them.

Since the launch 26 tonnes of items have been exchanged saving the organisation that take part almost £100,000.

The OWP is a partnership between all the local authorities in the county, including Cherwell District Council.

Gavin Hull, OCC’s materials reuse officer is responsible for the website and said: “We’re really pleased that Retrader has been so well received by Oxfordshire businesses.

“The popularity of this service has meant we’ve upgraded the site to enable organisations to interact more easily between themselves, allowing them to set up regular exchanges.

“Individuals can even form groups with similar businesses to share resources; a great way to save money in these challenging times.”

The site is currently being used by a wide range of organisations including charities and pre-schools.

Request for items include a safe, wood, and commercial kitchen equipment. Items currently being offered include a garden slide, an internal staircase, tissue dispensers, and computer monitors.

The OWP has calculated the scheme has saved organisations £98,695 in procurement costs, and prevented 40 tonnes of CO2 emissions, equivalent to 100,000 miles in a small car.