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Scrap store schemes

12 April 2016

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Essex has a number of scrap store schemes, through which businesses can donate items to local schools and community groups. This not only solves the headache of disposing of unwanted materials, it can also limit the amount of waste which is sent to landfill. At the same time, members can provide valuable recreational activities and arts and crafts resources for schools and community groups.
Such organisations include the Bright Ideas Scrap Scheme in Colchester and the Pyramid Resource Centre in Chadwell St Mary. 

Bright Ideas Scrap Scheme 

The Bright Ideas Scrap Scheme is a not-for-profit workers' co-operative, which operates a resource centre for the town of Colchester and surrounding areas. This provides valuable art and craft materials to playgroups, schools, youth clubs and residential homes.
The centre offers a free collection service and can accept almost any non-toxic material, including: 
  • All types of paper and card
  • Tubes
  • Straws
  • Spools
  • Inks and paints
  • Fabric and leather off-cuts
  • Wool and string
  • Containers
  • Sacks
  • Tubs and barrels
  • Wood
  • MDF
  • Plastic off-cuts
  • Computer equipment
User groups pay a small annual subscription, based on the type of organisation and the number of members within it. Members can collect materials as often as they need at no extra charge.


The Bright Ideas Scrap Scheme is based at:
The Former Buoys Store
Hythe Quay
Tel: 01206 798113
For more information, visit the Bright Ideas website

The Pyramid Resource Centre 

The Pyramid Resource Centre offers a wide range of materials to The Thurrock Play Network. Donated items provide valuable resources for play, recreation and educational activities for members such as schools, playgroups, nurseries, special needs organisations and children's centres.


The Pyramid Resource Centre is based in Chadwell St. Mary. Call 01375 387738 for further information.