As readers of our blog will know, Worcester’s Mobile Mechanic supports a school in The Gambia.
Our technicians save any used part that may be reusable. They are then put in a box and sent to the school, which sells them to raise funds.
The pupils are from very poor families and the head teacher has a policy of never sending a child home even if the fees are not paid. The fees per month are approximately £1 per month and the school population is around 130.
This box of spares including old spark plugs, wiper blades and air filters cost the company nothing as the customers did not want them and they would have ended up in the bin. Shipping to The Gambia cost £5 and the school sold them for approximately £18.
I think we are actually lowering their carbon footprint by recycling these items!