The Charities Facilities Management Group is running an survey for members to assess recycling and waste management policies and costs. We will discuss the survey results at a Charities FM Group meeting later in the year.
The Charity Finance Group (CFG) has published a guide to help small charities counter fraud. The CFG says hundreds of millions of pounds are being lost from charities every year due to fraud - money that charities can’t afford to lose.
Charity Commission launches new anti-fraud website
The Charity Commission this week launched a new website designed to help charities fight fraud. The website, www.charitiesagainstfraud.org.uk, offers guidance on how to spot the warning signs of fraud, how to reduce risk, how to report fraud when it takes place, as well as the latest news on fraud and anti-fraud measures.
The following is a report on a meeting of the Charities Facilities Management Group which focused on recycing.
David Prestage of the BPR Group outlined how to design and implement an effective recycling scheme. The BPR Group is the parent company of Paper Round, the recycling company which was originally set up as a Friends of the Earth project in 1988.
Prestage outlined the main elements to look at when planning a recycling scheme. These include:
Reviewing your existing infrastructure
Measuring your waste volumes and weights
Assessing space availability
An important first step is to “bin the bin”:
Remove under desk bins
Install central banks of bins
Segregate recyclables and non recyclables
Prestige said a communication strategy was crucial to implementing a successful scheme. Prestage recommended obtaining senior management buy-in and engaging with staff and running regular communications campaigns. He also outlined some of the benefits of a good recycling scheme, including reduced expenditure on cleaning, improved office environments and reduced risks of pests.
Prestige ended his presentation with a case study of the National Theatre’s efforts to implement a recycling scheme. The recycling service at the Theatre caters for the public areas, café and bar as well as back-of-house storage areas and a large area of office space.
The Federation of Small Business has called for energy companies to provide better information for small businesses.
Last year the Government to forced the big utility companies to make their energy tariffs more transparent for householders. Now the Federation of Small Business (FSB) wants the same rules to apply to businesses.
Cancer Research awards five-year FM contract to Vinci
Cancer Research UK has appointed Vinci Facilities to deliver hard FM services to the charity's real estate and residential properites nationwide. The programme includes a range of planned and reactive works, external building fabric repairs and installations. Work started on August 1st.