Crisp is an off-shoot of the Elephant Jobs charity.
It has grown rapidly since its beginning in 1993 and is now highly regarded as a valuable asset to sustainable development in Southwark and, indeed, to London overall.
Its work is guided by the principles of sustainable development and as such it supports not only local residents and businesses in Southwark but also across London and nationally, partnering with a range of organisations such as universities, high education colleges, the police, local authorities, support agencies and the business sector.
Crisp offers a range of innovative projects.
Fonesforsafety links reuse and recycling to provide support to victims and survivors of domestic violence. Fonesforsafety turns used mobile phones into reconfigured 999-emergency-only personal alarms for individuals affected by domestic violence. The recycled phones are given to the police and support agencies to issue to those in fear of domestic violence, so they can remain in contact with clients.
Another project from Crisp is Offers/ex-iT. Here the charity collects used quality furniture and computers which are distributed at low cost to community and voluntary sector organisations, small start-up businesses and socially disadvantaged members of the community.
Offers/ex-iT has a large selection of refurbished computers, printers, fax machines and photocopiers available at its Reuse Centre at Unit 7-9 Brandon Street SE17 (near the Elephant and Castle). The charity also provides technical support and assistance with networking and repairs/upgrades.
In addition the projects offers assistance to local community groups which need to relocate, computer refurbishment and recycling training courses, and PAT testing.
Crisp also has a University Halls of Residence re-use and recycling scheme. It works with staff and management across 24 universities. The charity will take unwanted goods left by vacating students for reuse and recycling. Goods collected include textiles, shoes, duvets, kitchen equipment, books, CDs, furniture, household electrical items, IT equipment and non-perishable foodstuffs, which are distributed to disadvantaged members of the community through homeless charities, charity shops and members of the London Re-use Network.
And of course there is Elephant Jobs which groups its projects into three main areas: EJ Enterprise & Employment – supporting small businesses, social enterprises and business administration skills; EJ Environment (CRISP) – supporting urban recycling and sustainability; and EJ Resource Management – developing and managing local community resources, in part providing support to other Elephant Jobs projects but also to other local groups and organisations.
Crisp also has a number of completed and on-going successful projects such as a home composting project which provided subsidised home compost kits and wormeries for the residents of Southwark. Crisp piloted and ran the project for four years providing more than 5,000 home composting kits and wormeries to local residents which has enabled them to recycle more than 500 tonnes of organic waste per year.The project was handed over to to Veolia ES Southwark The charity continues to provide environmental advice and support to encourage waste minimisation, reuse and recycling to the SME sector in Southwark.
Crisp also continues to carry out a number of research and consultancy projects focusing on sustainable development, waste minimisation and recycling.