The Cleaning Show

Upcycling the approach to office clearances

Wednesday 20th March 15:30 - 16:00

There are close operational synergies between waste recycling and cleaning - both services must continue to evolve to provide creative benefits for clients, particularly in terms of sustainability and wellbeing. Waste trends continue to evolve and change. In 1943 we had ‘make do and mend’, fast forward to 2008 and ‘throwaway fashion’ was all the rage. It’s the same for workplace waste. As late as the ‘noughties’ office clearance was a burgeoning business where commercial considerations were king and old furniture was discarded as landfill. However, in the era of zero waste, everyone’s mind is on social and environmental benefits so a fresh and creative approach is needed. Corporates will continue to develop and occupy real estate despite continued high costs and changes in workplace working practices. Balancing social and environmental aspects alongside commercial needs is a fine line but it is easier to achieve if people ‘stop and think’ when replacing their office furniture and assets. All it takes is a creative approach to facilities management, focused on sustainability, to find a solution which benefits clients, reduces risk and is kinder to the planet. This need for creativity is also relevant when providing clean environments which promote wellbeing.

Waste Match explores whether furniture can be re-used or restored and sold on, or donated to charity. It’s possible to reduce waste to landfill for some clients by as much as 100% and businesses need the comfort of knowing they are not wasting resources or risking their corporate reputation by acting in a non-sustainable way. This session will use real world waste examples to look at how businesses can be more creative with their waste solutions to benefit both themselves and society.

Speaker: Simon Moseley, Consultant at Waste-Match, Mitie

Upcycling the approach to office clearances

Simon Moseley is a consultant focusing on Mitie’s Waste match operations. He was managing director responsible for Goldman Sachs’ Asia Pacific real estate portfolio and support services from 1999-2016, encompassing 50 facilities totaling two million square feet - from client offices to data centres. This was a period of significant growth and new businesses with varying standards of infrastructure and service, eg in China and India, were expected to be consistent with global financial centres such as London, New York or Tokyo. Simon served in the British Army before he joined Goldman Sachs.


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