Nicola officially opened Oxford Wood Recycling’s new Abingdon home. Oxford Wood Recycling moved to Abingdon from Milton Park in January to make the most of opportunities to increase trading, create new products and to pursue their aim to be a beacon of social enterprise in Abingdon.
Now ten years old, Oxford Wood Recycling is a social enterprise that not only tackles waste and climate change through its core timber recycling business but also supports people who face particular barriers to working, such as a disability, mental illness, or long term health problems, to get back into work. This includes offering employment and volunteer work opportunities to people who find it hard to get work and working in partnership with other social enterprises and organisations in Oxfordshire who share these aims.
Oxford Wood Recycling is owned by its members – its workers and regular volunteers – and they are committed to growing a business that is socially inclusive and economically sustainable. Their activities are principally to operate a commercial waste wood collections service and a timber yard. All profits are re-invested in the business, allowing us to create more jobs and more products and services.
Nicola says It’s a delight to welcome Oxford Wood Recycling to Abingdon. Not only are they effectively reducing wood waste across the County through providing a practical reuse and recycling service but they also offer job opportunities and work experience to people who have been struggling to access work due to disability or ill health and work with other social enterprises across Oxfordshire. Put simply the ethos of doing good in business runs right through this social enterprise.