A Local MP visited a unique Yorkshire social enterprise reusing waste materials in celebration of Small Business Saturday yesterday.
Stuart Andrew – MP for Pudsey, Horsforth and Aireborough – met with the founder and managing director of Scrap – an enterprise which has used social investment to expand into a larger shop and workshop space at Sunny Bank Mills in Farsley.
The organisation diverts around 600 skips full of non-toxic business waste every year from landfill into art materials for the local community.
It provides more than 50 local schools and up to 12,000 local people with affordable art, craft and play resources.
Mr Andrew said: “Scrap is absolutely extraordinary. What’s really amazing is that this has so many benefits. All of this stuff would have been sent to landfill. How good for the environment that they are saving it.”
Louise Lucas, founder of Scrap Centre of Creative Reuse & Learning, said: “We started Scrap 15 years ago in a small cold leaky unit, but we always had a vision for a larger organisation like this.
“Now through social investment from the Key Fund, we are doing it and are self-sustainable and don’t depend on funding which is fantastic.”