Van's Solo, Join The Force!

by South London Wood Recycling Project in Croydon, England, United Kingdom


£50,000 target 9 days left
4% 27 supporters
This project will only be funded if at least £50,000 is pledged by 2nd August 2021 at 6:01pm

The aim of our project is to raise money for a caged van which is ULEZ compliant and functional for us to continue and expand our service

by South London Wood Recycling Project in Croydon, England, United Kingdom

Who are we?

We are a team of dedicated and eco- conscious individuals, with a passion for waste reduction and planet protection. 


What do we do?

Our endeavour is to re-direct as much wood away from landfill and chipper sites as possible by encouraging it to be re-used by the public and small businesses or giving it a second life by transforming it into furniture in our workshop. 

We collect around 100 tonnes of wood every month using our 2 caged tipper vans. Unfortunately one of them is 15 years old and very polluting and though she has done us good service, a more reliable and environmentally-friendly vehicle is what we need to operate within our value system and also economically.

Our impact

In 2020, we rescued 570.7 tonnes from the waste stream. 

We saved 284.0 tonnes of C02. 

We created 6.3 paid jobs and trained 11 people. 

We reused 450.1 tonnes of wood. 79% was pushed up the waste hierarchy into reuse; used by the community for DIY/building projects or as firewood, or made into a whole range of beautiful products from bird boxes to dining tables.

And 119.8 tonnes was recycled. 21% was sent for recycling into woodchip, used in the manufacture of particleboard, animal bedding, or as carbon neutral fuel in power stations. 

With us, everything we collect is reused or recycled - nothing is returned to the waste stream. Reusing wood is 10 times more efficient than harvesting, milling, and transporting virgin wood.

Even our collection methodology saves carbon! Our 3.5 tonne collection trucks use less than half the fuel of a skip lorry, greatly reducing CO2 emissions, pollution, and the impact on the road.

With every tonne of wood we collect, we are creating work and training opportunities for disadvantaged people - changing lives for the better.


Why do we need to raise this money?

The ULEZ zone is expanding to cover the North and South Circular where we drive daily to do our collections. In October 2021 this change will take place and if we can't finance a new van before then, our operations will suffer drastically. 

We have recently been suffering with extensive maintenance costs on the old van and a daily additional cost on top of that means we could be at real risk of closure which would be devastating for us, our partners and the environment. 

This is where we need your help. 

Unfortunately caged tipper vans with the capacity to hold the tonnes of weight we require are not cheap. £50,000 will help us to get the specification of vehicle we require and enable us to continue the good work we do. 

We really appreciate any support you can give us in this difficult time. Donations, sharing our posts and your kind words really mean a lot to us. Thank you!

‘Solo is the journey, and daunting is our task, we're cleaning up the planet and really want to ask, your help as individuals, behaviours need to change, and if we start the process now, we'll end the eco drain.‘ -  Poem by our Director Peter Carlise.



This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

£5 Reward

A 'Change Maker' poem written by one of our staff members as a thank you. Available in pdf form for easy printing!

£15 or more

£15 Reward

Donate £15 or more today and as a thank you we will send out a wooden key ring/ necklace handmade for you in our workshop.

£50 or more

£50 Reward

Pledge £50 or more today and we will say thank you by creating a reclaimed gift for you in our workshop. Choose from either a set of 4 wooden coasters or a candle holder.

£125 or more

£125 Reward

Pledge £125 or more to our cause and choose from a selection of bespoke hand made products to use or display in your home/ garden! As a thank you for your kindness you may choose from; A cable wheel clock, a large planter or a rustic wooden serving tray.

£500 or more

£500 Reward

Pledge a generous sum of £500 and we will offer you a year long membership of 10% off wood in our yard and workshop services. We will also inscribe your name permanently on our wooden supporters plaque.

£1,000 or more


Donate the mammoth sum of £1000 and you will be rewarded with a year long membership of 20% off wood in our yard & workshop services. You will also have your name inscribed permanently on our wooden supporter's plaque and be entered in the raffle to name our new van!

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