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Recycling services tailored to the entertainment industry for all scenic items The new home of Scenery Salvage

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Did you know a staggering 95% of scenery and props in the UK are scrapped? It just isn’t sustainable. That’s why at Green Clover we are leading the way for recycling scenic items. In fact we’re the only waste company in the entertainment industry doing this today. Once you’re done with your scenic items, we collect and get permission from the production company to either re-use or recycle them. All pieces for re-use go up here on our website but we’ll also proactively contact other production companies to see if they’re interested. In the meantime we’ll keep them safe in our climate-controlled warehouses. When it comes to recycling we’ll turn wood into biomass to fuel our fleet of removal vehicles and heat our warehouses, we’ll process metal and plastic for re-use and turn polystyrene into fuel or process it ready for use in making plastic goods. Nothing goes to waste.

Scenic Items for Re-use

How We Do It:

We collect all your unwanted scenic items from you.

Any items that are reusable we will make available on our Scenic Items available for purchase or hire page take a look here at our current collection....

Here are just some examples of our vast selection in stock:

Also includes:

  • Wood/Timber – all sorts of types and sizes.
  • Metal – We have a constant flow of metal frames coming through our recycling centre, of all different shapes, sizes and gauges.
  • Plastics – As with our other materials. We have so much flowing through, please contact us with your needs.
  • Polystyrene – Big chunks of polystyrene perfect for re sculpting.
  • Doors – We have a great selection of doors for you to use on your productions
  • Windows – We have a good selection of Windows
  • Plugs and Connectors – all sorts, ask us for further details
  • Lighting – We have lots of different lighting in stock
  • Casters – Large, Medium and Small
  • Hinges – all sorts
  • Hanging Irons – selection

Call us on 020 8367 2820 with your requirements, we are here to help.

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Complete the form with brief details of Scenic Items you are looking to purchase or hire and we will call you back.

Any items that are not reusable will be recycled - here's how...

WOOD RECYCLING

As we in the UK move towards a more sustainable society, we must re-use and recycle more, and landfill less. With increasing landfill taxes, landfill operator and haulage costs, and more stringent packaging waste regulations, the recycling of materials, including wood, assumes an increasing importance. The wood recycling sector therefore looks forward to an exciting future with enormous potential for expansion.

A high priority for the Government Waste Resources Action Programme (WRAP) is to stimulate demand for recycled wood products through a marketing and education initiative.
Wood Recyclers Association members process waste wood chips, mainly for use by the particle board manufacturing industry. The main emerging volume market for prepared wood chip is energy generation. In 2005 about 1.4 million tonnes of wood chip went into particle board manufacture, and 200,000 tonnes into biomass for heat and power generation.

Other wood chippings are produced for animal bedding, on golf courses, paths and gardens, children’s playgrounds and horse arenas. Coloured chips are also sold to garden centres and other retail outlets. 2005 saw around 300,000 tonnes of these products manufactured, and 2006 is expected to show another significant tonnage increase.

USES FOR RECYCLED WOOD

Recycled wood products are made from post-consumer and post-industrial sources. Wood waste is cleaned and processed to remove any contaminants and to reduce particle size. This material is then used to manufacture a range of quality products for different markets. Some products may be made entirely from waste wood or they may contain a proportion of virgin material.

The three key uses of recycled wood chip for the leisure and landscaping sector are:

  1. Landscaping Products
  2. Equestrian Products
  3. Animal Bedding Products

LANDSCAPING PRODUCTS

NATURAL AND DECORATIVE MULCHES

A non-composted mulch product made from recycled timber which naturally suppresses weeds and converses soil moisture. Suitable for professional and domestic use on planted areas in parks, gardens, highways, residential estates, municipal areas and business parks.

SURFACING MATERIALS FOR PATHWAYS

A recycled woodchip surfacing material, which comes in a variety of colours including light natural shades. It can be used in parks, gardens and on golf courses.

PLAY SURFACES

Softer grades and smaller sizes of recycled woodchip, comforting to the requirements of Impact Absorbing Playground surfaces (BSEN1177: 1998), can be used in public or private play areas with all equipment including slides, climbing frames and swings.

EQUESTRIAN PRODUCTS

EQUESTRIAN SURFACES

A wood fibre surfacing made from recycled wood, suitable for both indoor and outdoor arenas, paddocks and gallops. Offers a long-lasting, low impact all weather surface, which is light and easy to maintain.

HORSE BEDDING

A wood fibre surfacing made from recycled wood, suitable for use in livery yards or by individual horse owners. Offers a dust free, absorbent, easy maintenance bedding

A wood fibre surfacing made from recycled wood, suitable for use in broilers and laying chickens. Offers a dust free, absorbent, easy maintenance bedding.

CATTLE BEDDING

A dry, absorbent bedding suitable for indoor and outdoor use.

DOMESTIC PET BEDDING

A range of wood fibre bedding made from recycled wood is available for hamsters, guinea pigs etc. Offers a low dust option for animals prone to respiratory problems.

CAT LITTER

An absorbent recycled wood-based cat litter.

METAL RECYCLING

Metals recycling is a £3.5billion UK industry, processing ferrous and non ferrous metal scrap into vital secondary raw material for the smelting of new metals. The industry employs over 8,000 people and makes a net contribution to UK balance of trade.

Worldwide, over 400 million tonnes of metal is recycled each year.

Virtually all metals can be recycled into high quality new metal. The process varies for different metals, but generally produces metals of equivalent quality. Thus, for example:

  • Steelmaking using the electric arc furnace process uses scrap metal as the major raw material. This method is typically used for high quality tool steels and stainless steel. Smaller quantities of scrap can also be used in basic oxygen (blast furnace) steelmaking.
  • Copper scrap is used by both primary and secondary producers, where processing methods include blast furnace, reverberatory furnace or electric arc furnace. In the latter, around 75-80 per cent raw material is scrap copper.
  • Aluminium production uses a single production method – the Hall-Héroult Process. But virgin raw materials require temperatures of around 900 C, whilst scrap aluminium melts at around 660 C.

Metals recycling protects the environment and saves energy. Using secondary raw materials means less use of natural resources which would otherwise be needed to make new metal compounds – such as iron ore in steelmaking; nickel in stainless steel; or alumina and bauxite in aluminium smelting. There are also considerable savings in energy, and reduced CO2 emissions, in production methods using recycled materials:

EU figures indicate that using recycled raw materials, including metals, cuts CO2 emissions by some
200 million tonnes CO2 emission reduction every year.
There are also other environmental benefits, for example, using recycled steel to make new steel enables reductions such as:
86% in air pollution
40% in water use
76% in water pollution

Metals recycling supplies a major worldwide industry. Manufacturing of metals continues to be one of the largest UK manufacturing sectors, employing more people, and contributing more value to the UK economy, than motor and aerospace combined. Growth in China, and to a lesser extent India, means that export markets are growing.

Thus recycled metals have significant economic value – and so scrap metal is rarely discarded or sent to landfill.

In 2005, 13 million tonnes of metal was recycled in the UK. Around 40% of this was used in the UK, and the remaining 60% exported worldwide: the UK produces considerably more scrap than is required for domestic markets.

  • Ferrous scrap: 4.6 million tonnes of iron and steel and stainless steel scrap was supplied to steelworks in the UK, and 0.9 million tonnes to UK foundries; 6.1 million tonnes was exported. Major markets were Europe, particularly Spain, and Asia, particularly India. The worldwide market for ferrous scrap is predicted to continue its steady growth, which has averaged around 5% per annum over the past 12 years.
  • Non-ferrous metals: over one million tonnes was processed. Approximately 45% of this was aluminium, 31% copper, and significant quantities of nickel, brass, zinc and lead. Non ferrous metals are traded on the London Metal Exchange, and therefore subject to volatility in commodity investments. UK exports topped 800,000 tonnes in 2005, a 20% increase on the previous year. Europe, China and India are the main destinations.
PLASTIC RECYCLING

The main types of waste plastic are as follows:

  1. Polyethylene Tetraphthalate (PET)
  2. High Density Polythene (HDPE)
  3. Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)
  4. Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE)
  5. Polypropylene (PP)
  6. Polystyrene (PS)
  7. Expanded Polystyrene (EPS)

POLYETHYLENE TETRAPHTHALATE (PET)

GENERAL PROPERTIES:

  • Clear
  • Hard
  • Tough
  • Solvent resistant
  • Good gas and moisture barrier properties
  • High heat resistance
  • Microwave transparency
COMMON USES:

The good gas and moisture properties of PET, together with the fact that it is tough and clear, make it ideal for fizzy drink and beer bottles. Its high heat resistance makes it especially suitable for pre-prepared food trays and boil-in-bag food pouches. Other common uses include soft drink and water bottles, fibre for clothing and carpets, strapping, and mouthwash bottles. PET is now replacing HDPE in many applications, such as shampoo bottles etc

 

HIGH DENSITY POLYTHENE (HDPE)

GENERAL PROPERTIES:

  • Excellent moisture barrier properties
  • Excellent chemical resistance
  • Hard to semi-flexible
  • Strong
  • Soft waxy surface
  • Permeable to gas
  • HDPE film crinkles to the touch
  • Pigmented HDPE bottles generally have better stress crack and chemical resistance than bottles made from unpigmented HDPE

COMMON USES:

The excellent chemical resistance of HDPE makes it ideal for packaging household and industrial chemicals, such as detergents, bleach and acids. Its moderate stretch and high strength characteristics make it especially suitable for grocery bags, as found in most supermarkets. Other common uses include film, especially snack food packages and cereal box liners, milk and non-carbonated drinks bottles, margarine tubs, toys, buckets, rigid pipes, crates, plastic lumber, garden furniture, flower pots, and signs. As HDPE is permeable to gas it is not suitable for applications requiring an oxygen or CO2 barrier.

 

POLYVINYL CHLORIDE (PVC)

GENERAL PROPERTIES:

  • Excellent transparency
  • Hard, rigid (flexible when plasticised)
  • Good chemical resistance
  • Long term stability
  • Good weathering ability
  • Stable electrical properties
  • Low gas permeability

COMMON USES:

PVC has been successfully used for pipes and fittings due to its chemical resistance, imperviousness to attack by bacteria or micro-organisms, corrosion resistance and strength. It is frequently used in food contact applications, especially frozen foods due to its low oxygen permeability and strong cold temperature properties. Other common uses include carpet backing, windows, water, shampoo and vegetable oil bottles, credit cards, wire and cable sheathing, floor coverings, synthetic leather products, coatings, and blood bags and medical tubing.

 

LOW DENSITY POLYETHYLENE (LDPE)

GENERAL PROPERTIES:

  • Tough
  • Flexible
  • Waxy surface
  • Soft – scratches easily
  • Good transparency
  • Low melting point
  • Stable electrical properties
  • Good moisture barrier properties

COMMON USES:

Due to its flexibility and other properties LDPE is used predominantly to manufacture films such as garment and produce bags, agricultural films, refuse sacks, and packaging films, foams and bubble wrap. Other uses include flexible lids, flexible bottles, wire and cable applications, some bottle tops, and irrigation pipes.

 

POLYPROPYLENE (PP)

GENERAL PROPERTIES:

  • Excellent chemical resistance
  • High melting point
  • Hard, but flexible
  • Waxy surface
  • Translucent
  • Strong

COMMON USES:

PP is found in everything from flexible and rigid packaging to fibres for fabrics and carpets and large moulded parts for automotive and consumer products, such as automobile battery casings. Most bottle tops are made from PP. Other common uses include ketchup and pancake syrup bottles, yoghurt and margarine containers, potato crisp bags, drinking straws, hinged lunch boxes, refrigerated containers, medicine bottles, crates, plant pots, and heavy gauge woven bags or tarps.

 

6 POLYSTYRENE (PS)

GENERAL PROPERTIES:

  • Clear to opaque
  • Glassy surface
  • Rigid
  • Hard
  • Brittle
  • High clarity
  • Affected by fats and solvents

COMMON USES:

PS is a versatile plastic that can be rigid or foamed. Common uses of rigid PS include yoghurt containers, fast food trays, disposable cutlery, video cases, vending cups, laboratory ware, seed trays, coat hangers, and low-cost brittle toys.

 

EXPANDED POLYSTYRENE (EPS)

GENERAL PROPERTIES:

  • Foamed
  • Lightweight
  • Stiff
  • Excellent thermal insulation
  • Impact absorbing
  • Affected by fats and solvents

COMMON USES:

Common uses of foamed PS (EPS) include egg boxes, food trays, hot drink cups, protective packaging for fragile items, and insulation.

 
POLYSTYRENE RECYCLING

POLYSTYRENE

Expanded polystyrene (EPS) consists of 98 % air and 2 % polystyrene (Styropor®). We compact large chunks economically and efficiently into smaller highly compacted blocks. This is a perfect solution for where relatively large quantities of expanded polystyrene occur in set construction.

The massive reduction in volume offers a practical solution in creating dense brickets which are then used as a fuel source. Expanded polystyrene can also be recycled as high-quality PS granulate and re-used in the manufacture of plastic items such as CD covers, clothes hangers, plastic mouldings and insulation.

In general the modular design of our machine means that it can be customised to match customer requirements. The machines can either be fed manually, using a conveyor or via a hopper.

HOW IT WORKS

We first remove any surfave paints or coatings by hot wiring them off. Then the operator inserts the EPS pieces in the machine hopper. An efficient coarse shredder with twin-tooth rotating shafts reduces the pieces to 20-50 mm size, which are fed into the press channel and compressed together. The blocks exit separately to be loaded individually onto pallets.

HOW DO GREEN CLOVER RECYCLE?

We have now organised a DEDICATED system for the removal of scenery from studios or locations, not to a land fill site but to a reclamation centre.
Once offloaded any useful set pieces i.e. doors, windows, stock sized flatage, columns and any hardware such as hanging irons, castors, LX components etc are removed, photographed, catalogued and put on the Salvage Stock List for resale to the industry at vastly reduced rates compared to original costs. The remaining scenery is then segregated into its constituent materials i.e. timber, metal and plastics, then through alliances with some of the major recycling companies in Europe, these materials are sent for recycling.

WHAT HAPPENS TO THE MATERIALS WE RECYCLE?

Timber is chipped and becomes chipboard, animal bedding, insulation products, mulch etc.
Plastics are made into pellets and reused for manufacturing all number of items in the plastic industry.
Metal is crushed and sent for smelting to become raw product for innumerable uses.
Polystyrene is sorted, compacted and processed to become a fuel stock for power supply.
A certificate of Re Cycling will be issued to assist in conforming to BS8909.

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO DO TO MAKE THE RECYCLING PROCESS HAPPEN?

Absolutely nothing different to what you do now, simply pick up the phone to contact us. We will then arrange collection either by lorry or by skip, whichever is more appropriate. We then return to our base where the scenery is weighed prior to offloading.
All you pay are the transport costs, weight per tonne and labour to offload (if appropriate).
In other words, exactly what you have been paying for to date. After extensive research, we are confident that our prices are more than competitive.

WHAT DO THE RECYCLING COSTS TO YOU INCLUDE?

Included in our costs are:
  • The labour to sort the items,
  • The warehouse to store the items for reuse;
  • The machinery to recycle the materials.
How are we able to pay for the above and still remain competitive?
By reselling the salvage back to industry at vastly reduced rates.

WHAT BENEFITS ARE THERE TO RECYCLING SCENERY?

You don’t pay any more than now
You don’t do anything different from now
You get access in the future to scenery hardware, materials and set pieces at great rates
You do something for the environment by recycling
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THE COST

  • Less labour than skips! Less cost to you! Less time than skips!
  • We are cheaper than land fill. Just ask us how.

THE COMMITMENT

  • A new 210,000 sq ft 3 story climate controlled purpose storage facility
  • Biomass facility to self power us and more
  • Fleet of bio fuel vehicles to move sets
  • Recycling audit so you comply with BS8909
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Customer Reviews

“No matter how large or small the job, Green Clover has become an important resource for both myself and my team. From flats to dressing, the call can be made and if they don’t have it they will endeavour to get it for you. Friendly staff and a ‘can do’ attitude ensures that even when you are up against it, they will do their utmost to help. Wether its a strike or a build, Scenery Salvage can sometimes make the difference between something happening or not, and with a philosophy of recycling in an industry prone to waste, Scenery Salvage is a greener alternative that i am proud to support.”

Anthony Neale

Production Designer

“Green Clover gave us great service, environmentally friendly and cheaper than landfill, the best way to recycle our sets”

Kerry Waddell, Head of Production

Baby Cow Group

We have been using Green Clover Transport for about 10 years and they always give an excellent service and are always willing to help at short notice.

BBC Television Centre

Green Clover offer a great service and good value

Totom Construction

Very good, reliable and friendly.

London Scenery Company

We have been using Green Clover for about 15 years, they are always on time and willing to help.

3 D Eye

Model Makers

I have been using Green Clover for many years, they provide a reliable careful service with experienced working drivers.

Ty Teiger

Propmaster – Wolf Man, Casino Royale & Wanted

I try to always use Green Clover for my prop transport for their efficient and friendly service.

Andie Vinning

Propmaster – Little Britain

Green Clover are always ready to help, and provide and excellent service.

Andy Beales

Propmaster – Start, I’m Alan Partridge, The Sketch Show

Our Clients

Britain’s Best Dish – ITV T4

Eastenders – BBC

Book Show – BskyB

Touch of Cloth – Endemol

Cheryl Cole’s Night In – ITV

Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Take Away – ITV

Vernon Kay’s Game Show Marathon – ITV

The Feast – Optomen TV

The Magicians – Shine

Alan Carrs Chatty Man (Open Mike)
Jools Holland (BBC)
The Making of a Lady (TMOAL)
Yes Prime Minister (BBC)
Skyfall (B23 Ltd)
Pirates of the Caribbean (Blackbeard Films)
and many more…

Devils Dinner Party – ITV

The Fuse – ITV

The F Word – Optomen

Alan Carrs Chatty Man (Open Mike)

Jools Holland (BBC)

The Making of a Lady (TMOAL)

Yes Prime Minister (BBC)

Skyfall (B23 Ltd)

Pirates of the Caribbean (Blackbeard Films)

Alan Carrs Chatty Man (Open Mike)
Jools Holland (BBC)
The Making of a Lady (TMOAL)
Yes Prime Minister (BBC)
Skyfall (B23 Ltd)
Pirates of the Caribbean (Blackbeard Films)
and many more…

Britain’s Best Dish – ITV T4

Eastenders – BBC

Book Show – BskyB

Touch of Cloth – Endemol

Cheryl Cole’s Night In – ITV

Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Take Away – ITV

Vernon Kay’s Game Show Marathon – ITV

The Feast – Optomen TV

The Magicians – Shine

Devils Dinner Party – ITV

The Fuse – ITV

The F Word – Optomen

Alan Carrs Chatty Man (Open Mike)

Jools Holland (BBC)

The Making of a Lady (TMOAL)

Yes Prime Minister (BBC)

Skyfall (B23 Ltd)

Pirates of the Caribbean (Blackbeard Films)