Recycling & Reuse

Merit follow the Waste Hierarchy Model whereby we seek to reduce, re-use, recycle, recover and dispose in that order. 

We will first seek to identify whether items can be used within the client’s estate. 

With our client’s permission, we will then commence our reuse process where we organise and distribute unwanted furniture to schools.  For over ten years we have been making a positive impact on the working environment of many local schools by donating them furniture that would otherwise be disposed of.  We were delighted to recently partner up with Business 2 Schools (B2S) to drive this iniative forward and significantly increase the amount of schools we can help.  

Our dedicated recycling centre within our premises is then utilised to responsibly sort, compact and recycle any unwanted items and packing materials that are not suitable to be re-used.  Items are broken down and separated into cardboard, wood, metal , plastic and general waste.  On-site recycling equipment can only be operated by trained personnel. 

Following the completion of reduce, reuse and recycle Merits aim to be left with minimal general waste.  Nonetheless, Merits organise any remaining waste to be collected and recycled by Equinox Ltd (our preferred recycling partner) in a bid to continue the sustainable process of disposing waste responsibly.  They have a vast amount of experience in the industry and are highly trained to overcome any obstacles that may confront them to achieve zero waste to landfill.

Thank you for your kind donations. The opportunity to have new furniture for the staff room is a real luxury - we can’t afford to spend money on areas that don’t directly affect children’s learning. Our staff will be better able to do their jobs as a result.

Mr Hindman, Headteacher at Bisha Luffa Cofe School




I just wanted to write and thank you for last week’s delivery – it was great to receive such high-quality furniture additions for our school.

The pod, in one of our Y1 classrooms, is a huge hit; the stools have been a welcome addition to our library and the tables and chairs are placed in offices and meeting spaces and look great!

May I also thank you for the efficiency, the speed and the professionalism from start to finish – I have been most impressed!

Simon A Wood, Executive Headteacher, Copperfield Academy


We are delighted with the items we collected last week, they have started to be added to the school environment and have made a fantastic difference to our spaces.

All of your staff were so helpful and just lovely to spend the morning with!

Colette Doran-Hannon. Headteacher, St Thomas More Catholic Primary School


The biggest win for us is the money we save from our tiny budgets on chairs and furniture, which can be redirected to the children's education. 

For example, this term we will be paying £400 for an in-school science show for the children, for their science week, as we no longer need to replace the broken chairs, all thanks to your kind donation.

S J Oram, Headteacher, St Stephen's Catholic Primary School Welling