5th April 2023

Axis Spring Clean 2023

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To celebrate the Great British Spring Clean, we partnered with Enva, our waste management provider, to deliver 7 skips to vulnerable estates where fly-tipping is common.

The Great British Spring Clean is the country’s biggest mass action environmental campaign run by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy.

We provided these skips to help residents dispose of unwanted items sustainably diverting 100% of the items from landfill.

Vera O’Driscoll, Community Investment Coordinator, was the main driver of this initiative and coordinated the project by collaborating with Axis’ Divisional Managers and Contract Managers, clients, and Mark from our waste management provider, Enva to ensure that the day ran smoothly.

Brentwood Borough Council:

Location: Railway Square, Brentwood

Number of skips: 1

Volunteers: Luke Bradley Supervisor, Gary Davies Multitrader and Oliver Refson, Head of Sustainability

We cleaned up the estate as it had quite a lot of rubbish around the place. We knocked on a lot of the residents’ doors to inform them that there was a skip downstairs, and they were really happy to hear that we were providing it for free. The residents that came along with their rubbish all seemed very grateful that Axis was on hand to help with larger items as well. Overall, it was a great day and the estate looked a lot cleaner as a result! – Luke

Estuary Housing Association:

Location: Bexhill Drive, Grays

Number of skips: 2

Volunteers: Frankie Biggs Supervisor, Neil Mcclenaghan Carpenter, Malkitt Juttla, Multitrader and Daisy Foster-Chambers, Sustainability Coordinator

“I really can’t thank Axis enough for how amazing you were. We arrived on site around 9am and slowly but surely the people behind twitching curtains overcame their shyness and the rubbish started coming out” – Claire Monk, Customer Engagement Manager at Estuary

“Thank you so much for today, we have been clearing stuff out all weekend for this, there’s no way we could afford a skip. The guys from Axis have been so helpful – I can’t thank you enough” – Estuary resident

“The skip day was a great success. It was lovely doing something for the community and helping residents clear out any of their unwanted items. I would definitely be interested in doing more events like that in the future” – Daisy

Kingston Council:

Location: Alpha Road Estate, Surbiton

Number of skips: 2

Volunteers: Billi Grinham-Wynne Electrical Supervisor, Kamil Sieniuc Electrician, Harry Wilson Apprentice Multitrader, Saki Sackey Apprentice Multitrader and Vera O’Driscoll, Community Investment Coordinator

“Amazing day yesterday, team Axis were great! Some of the staff from RBK and our local councillor gave a few hours, even the police came to say hello. Thank you from myself plus some residents who were so happy” – Mary, Deputy Head of the Residents Association

“This has been so helpful as we have a lot of stuff we have been trying to get rid of for a while but we can’t afford a skip or to get the council to remove it so this worked out very well for us. We are really thankful for the help from Axis with the removal of larger items as some of them we couldn’t have lifted by ourselves!” – Kingston resident 

“I think the day went brilliantly the skips were filled in no time. The residents were happy that this was made available as some items they just weren’t able to dispose of themselves due to them being ill/elderly etc. On a side note, the apprentices got stuck in and definitely put in a good day’s work!” – Billi

Riverside Housing Association:

Location: Brickhouse Lane, West Bromwich

Number of skips: 1

Volunteers: Liam Davies, Supervisor

“It was a great day, Liam was a great help and I think the residents really appreciated it!” – Denise Heginbotham, Community Engagement Officer at Riverside

Swan Housing:

Location: Carrock Court, Romford

Number of skips: 1

Volunteers: Lloyd Herbert Electrician and Thomas Geach Apprentice Electrician

“Myself and Lloyd both went knocking door to door in Romford to help the residents get rid of any unwanted items or items they no longer needed. We managed to help a lot of people out and take sofas, old wheelchairs, etc. We also cleaned out the bin sheds and picked up litter from off the streets” – Thomas

We are very proud of the outcomes of the Axis Spring Clean and want to thank everyone who was involved in making the day such a success!

​​​​​​Mark Gibbard, Key Accounts Manager from our waste management provider Enva, commented, “Being asked to help get involved with Axis Europe and support the Great British Spring Clean was an easy decision to make as we knew it would make a big difference in the community, knowing we can help make a difference in these difficult times is a good sense of achievement and we thank Axis again for the involvement”.

Vera added, “I really enjoyed this project and I’m proud that together we have helped decrease the negative impacts that fly tipping has on the environment while in turn increasing the mental well-being of residents by providing a service to help them de-clutter their homes in a sustainable manner!”

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