Need to get rid of a table? Some paint? Recycle some batteries? Send some surplus food to a good cause? As with any green measures, identifying what you might have at the end of a job as early as possible during in pre-production will give you much more chance of finding them a home than at 4pm on the final shoot day!
With that in mind, we’ve added lots of links and inspiration to our Rehome Your Leftovers page. There are details of some great charities and community organisations, including Suited and Booted, who provide smart work-wear for men needing something to wear for an interview, and Traid, who collect textiles. Dresd and Scenary Salvage can collect sets and break them down into recyclable materials for a comparable cost to skipping at the studio.
Spare food can be donated to the fantastic City Harvest with a little forward planning – they’ve recently collected from Black Island and out on location from Dark Energy and Rattling Stick. And if you’ve got good working props, Library of Things has recently opened in SE27, providing locals with short-term hire of items that you might need every once in a while, but don’t want to own, as well as training on how to use them.
Once you get into rehoming, you’ll find almost anything can find new life after a shoot. These days, all companies are legally obligated to use the ‘waste hierarchy’ – a succession of priority waste management techniques, with waste prevention the principal technique, followed by preparing items for reuse, recycling, other recovery and finally, disposal. This means we should all be thinking about what happens to every single item we acquire for a shoot, from big set pieces down to batteries. Even those pesky Nespresso capsules can be recycled!
Feel free to forward the links to your crew – be they art dept, costume or food styling, and share your donation pics with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by tagging @AdGreenAPA. If you have an organisation you’d love us to promote, get in touch with the details and we can add to the listings.