BIU Group, one of the UK’s leading textile recycling companies, is pleased to announce it has received the ISO 14001:2004 certification for its environmental management system, as well as the ISO 9001:2008 certification for its quality management system. The certifications further build on the company’s reputation for being at the forefront of the textile recycling industry.
In order to achieve the certifications, BIU had to demonstrate its commitment to sustainability, to actively reducing its impact on the environment, as well as to quality, customer satisfaction, and continuous improvement. The company has produced environmental and quality policy statements expressing its commitment to comply with the requirements of ISO 14001:2004 and ISO 9001:2008.
BIU’s commitment to excellence is highlighted with the roll-out of the UK’s first electronic, no-key textile bank, which have a new chute and locking system that makes them extremely secure, and near impossible to break into.
Since the first electronic banks were trialed back in 2009, all 1,100 of the company’s banks have now been upgraded and modified to include the high security standard. This has resulted in an estimated 20% increase in yields in areas where old banks were being targeted.
BIU customers also experience some of the industry’s highest standards and levels of service, resulting in extended loyalty and enhanced returns. Customers have also reported that the quality of stock has remained higher than the industry average. This can also be attributed to the security employed at BIU textile recycling banks, which in turn has led to a sustainable and measured price increase in clothes being recycled.
BIU is renowned for its excellent service levels which are tailored to suit each specific customer. The company’s in-house facilities, which include a workshop to carry out remedial work and its own branded trucks for transportation, ensure site owners always have a well presented recycling bank.
Wendy Yarney, of Bag It Up, commented, “We have a dedicated team that has worked hard to become recognised as industry leaders. Securing ISO 14001:2004 and ISO 9001:2008 certifications further demonstrate our commitment. We are already planning to pursue further ISO certifications.”
Textile recycling banks and organisations like BIU have become a vital lifeline for many local charities as they struggle to cope with the continuing recession and changes in legislation. To date, the company has raised over £4.7 million for its partner charities, which includes seven air ambulances, a children’s hospice, community sporting organisations and a disabled children’s mobility equipment provider.