Flotsam Flo and Biffa Bins

Flotsam Flo uses as much waste materials as possible that can't easily be recycled, repurposing them into handmade items. If these materials were not used, they would end up in incineration, or sometimes, landfill.

With support from Biffa, Flotsam Flo now has 14 Biffa bins at holiday parks and organisations in Cornwall. In these Biffa bins, we collect wetsuits, broken inflatables, paddling pools and any other items Flotsam Flo may be able to use that cannot easily be recycled. These items must be broken or have no further use. They are then collected and as many items as possible are turned into new products by Flotsam Flo.

Although we try our best to use all of the items donated to us, we are sometimes unable to use every item. For example, we cannot use thicker wetsuits or wetsuit boots and gloves (as our machines do not sew through them) and we are also unable to use items such as body boards, buckets and spades. As Flotsam Flo items are made from upcycled materials, the items may not be precise in shape and often have an organic shape but this is the beauty of the product. I try and upcycle as much material as I can, but other components used on these items such as zips and webbing straps are not always repurposed, but they are where ever I can get them.

Some of the organisations that have Flotsam Flo Biffa bins, such as Tregoad Holiday Park, The Wave project and Polmanter Touring Park are now not only collecting broken items for us, but are also stocking our items. A true, circular economy.

With over 100 years of expertise, Biffa is an established leader of sustainable waste management in the UK. Our purpose is to change the way people think about waste and our team of more than 10,000 key workers provide unrivalled end-to-endwaste and recycling solutions for thousands of businesses and millions of households each day.  Since 2002 we’ve cut our carbon emissions by 70% and aim to be net zero by 2050. Our long-standing Biffa Award programme and our proud partnership with WasteAid also contribute to major environmental benefits for the UK and beyond.   Visit biffa.co.uk or find us on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.    

"With support from Biffa, Flotsam Flo now has 14 Biffa bins at holiday parks and organisations in Cornwall."