It’s always good to see recycling and reuse initiatives by outdoor organisations and companies in the UK.
This one recently came to our attention.
The BMC is supporting a pilot project to see if there is a commercial model for recycling climbing ropes and other equipment like helmets and hardware. They are looking for volunteers interested in a career in sustainable business.
This all came about because Dan Firth, a hill walker and climber who has worked in sustainable procurement for various public and private sector bodies as an environmental consultant. When he came to get rid of some old rope, he wondered why it was that no one was offering to take it off his hands. Surely this stuff might be worth something? That’s when he contacted the BMC.
Over the last few months, with the BMC’s encouragement, Dan did some research on whether there might be a business in recycling gear, or perhaps a job or two, which are in short supply right now. From what he’s found out, there are positive signs the idea is worth exploring further, and the BMC are helping him set up a trial project.
Dan told ROG
“Everyone I’ve talked to over the last few months while I’ve been shaping up the project has been very enthusiastic, which is great. The BMC were very supportive of the idea when I approached them which has been very helpful. I’m really hopeful that the pilot will be a success and that we can go on to establish the scheme across the country. As well as the obvious concern about not sending all our used kit to landfill I’m also concerned about how difficult it can be for younger people to get a job and it would be great if we could do even a little to help this. Any profit we make will go to ACT (Access Conservation Trust).
So while we’re getting set up please could you hang onto all that old kit for just a bit longer!”
Initially it’s for three months and will be unpaid.
In the long run, if the idea works out, the project will be rolled out nation-wide, and there will be a paid-work job after the initial pilot.
Interested? Then please read the job description and get in touch.
Other ROGBlog posts on recycling climbing rope:
Repurpose your climbing rope into a rug!
Wanted Climbing Rope For Scout Group
Old Climbing Rope
Wanted, Old Climbing Hardware
Vintage Climbing Gear