Hinkley Connection Project recycles to the beat of the cable drum

Donation saves 750kg of wood from going to waste.

National Grid Contractor, J Murphy and Sons, recently donated five wooden cable drums to the Bristol Wood Recycling Project. Each measuring 1.2 meters in diameter, the five cable drums will be repurposed and recycled, saving 750kg of wood from going to waste.

Bristol Wood Recycling Project is a social enterprise working to benefit he community and environment.  Since 2004, it has saved over six thousand tons of wood from going to waste and provided Bristol's communities with a fantastic resource of affordable, salvaged timber. The waste wood is transformed by local volunteers who are given the opportunity to learn valuable new skills.   

The empty cable drums were originally used to transport cables to site for the Crooks Marsh connection into Seabank Substation as part of the Hinkley Connection Project. Now none of the wood - which has a combined weight of five adult pandas - will be wasted. Instead it will be used as timber, and may be repurposed to make furniture and recycling bin stores. 

Sustainability is at the heart of what we do

Adam from the Bristol Wood Recycling Project said, "At Bristol Wood Recycling Project our aim is to save as much wood as possible from waste; re-using what we can and recycling the rest. We have a shop where people from the local community can purchase reclaimed timber at affordable prices, a bespoke furniture workshop and we also manufacture recycling bin stores from old pallets. In all areas we work with volunteers from all over Bristol and from all walks of life. Sustainability is at the heart of what we do, and we are always looking for more ways in which we can re-use old timber"

Manuel Brau, Project Manager at J Murphy and Sons added:

“One of our strategic objectives at Murphy is to help where we can on Climate Action and reducing our impact on the environment. Bristol Wood Recycling Project do a great job at bringing together the local community by reusing and repurposing waste timber such as those being collected from the Hinkley Connection Project.”

The Hinkley Connection Project will connect six million homes and businesses to new sources of low-carbon, homegrown energy including Hinkley Point C.