Hope’s environmental work

Hope is not just a homelessness and poverty charity.

We are committed to sustainable development goals and environmental good practice in how we run the charity:

We work closely with the University of Northampton’s waste management course who advise us on best practice and provide placement and project based experience to students.

– We are committed to minimal initial or primary use of equipment or goods in how we operate, such as paper, plastics and equipment, using recycled products where possible.

– We are committed to recycling as much as possible of what we have to source to run our charity when it is no longer usable: we will avoid disposal until we absolutely have to.

– We work to reduce the amount of non-recyclable items and sustainable waste management for what cannot be recycled

– We commit to minimal use of travel in what we do

We carry out environmental work as part of the primary aims of our charity:


We need food to feed homeless people and others in poverty. Some of this we grow ourselves and we have created a large allotment plot to grow food. This has reclaimed derelict urban land, adds to bio-divesity and reduces food miles.

We compost as much food waste as we can.

We take food at the end of its shelf-life, from shops, restaurants and supermarkets, but before use by date, and we make use of it to feed people in poverty and low incomes. Much of this would otherwise end up in landfill. Again this is hundreds of kg recycled every year. We are very much a charity active in food surplus redistribution, although our main concern is not food ‘waste’ itself, but rather that this surplus food is used feed people in need.

We have instigated and lead work to make West Northamptonshire a Sustainable Food Place. Read about the local alliance here

We are part of another local alliance looming to promote vegetable growing, to help people save money and reduce food miles. Read about it here

Clothes and tools

We recycle donated clothes for use by homeless people or others in poverty, or to raise funds for the charity through sale in our charity shop.  Some is turned back into fibre.

We run a recycled garden tools workshop which takes old tools that are broken or would otherwise end up in landfill; we restore them, giving them a second life. Every year hundreds of kg of landfill scrapping is avoided.

Transport and use of resources

Our staff travel by car very little and our transport footprint is negligible. We arrange meetings by call or teleconference. We support our staff to acquire bikes for travel to work using cyclescheme.

We carefully select new equipment we buy, for its environmental pedigree, but as a charity we also take donations of office equipment that is saved from scrap, and given further or extended life.

Our waste and recycling partners

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