TJ assists with waste management for the Undercover Skate Park Project


TJ will be carrying out waste management services for the Undercover Skate Park Project, an innovative new venture that is due to open in Portsmouth by the end of the year, giving skaters somewhere to practise all year round.

TJ will supply skips for the refurbishment of the building, which is due to commence in September. The park is being constructed in the building that was formerly Sainsbury’s in Commercial Road, Portsmouth; it offers a vast amount of space that can be put to great use for the skating community.

Undercover Skate Park Project Co-founder and Director Jacob Skinner was put in touch with TJ through Hampshire-based lifting and transport company, AR Banks, who is a customer of and supplier to TJ. In support of the project, AR Banks have kindly donated funds to support the refurbishment waste management costs to help realise the project’s vision.

Jacob said:

“I knew of TJ before and they’re trusted to ensure that waste is disposed of correctly, which is something that’s extremely important to us as an organisation. We’ve got to look after this planet we’re on and as we’ll be working with kids, we hope to pass those values on to them too.”

TJ are dedicated to diverting waste from landfill and endeavour to recycle up to 100% of the waste they handle. TJ has four materials recycling facilities dotted along the south coast in Southampton, Portsmouth and Yapton, where all waste is taken for sorting and onward recycling.

They have established recycling routes for a wide range of materials from the standard card, paper, metal and plastic bottles, to the more tricky materials such as rubble, hard plastics and mattresses. TJ are always working behind the scenes to find new ways to recycle the materials that have proved difficult in the past. Any materials that cannot be reused or recycled are directed down the Energy from Waste (EfW) path wherever possible.

TJ processes all materials in line with WRAP (Waste and Resources Action Programme) protocol. WRAP’s mission is to accelerate the move to a sustainable, resource-efficient economy by re-inventing how we design, produce and sell products, re-thinking how we use and consume products, and re-defining what is possible through reuse and recycling.

The Undercover Skate Park Project was thought up by Jacob and fellow Co-founder Jenna Boyson. It’s a project that has been three and-a-half years in the making.

Jacob added:

“Wheeled sport is seasonal as it’s difficult to do it during the winter months. Skateboarding is now an Olympic sport so if we want to produce Olympic-standard skateboarders in Portsmouth, they need somewhere to practise all year round. There’s a big skateboarding community in the city and it was something I wanted to help bring together.”

Jacob has been skating for over half his life and has always had the idea of an indoor park in Portsmouth, so when the chance to make it a reality became viable, he decided to go for it.

The Undercover Skate Park Project is currently a Community Interest Company (CIC), but will be changing to a Community Amateaur Sports Club (CASC) once the park is open.

Jacob and four other volunteers will complete an official coaching course in the autumn to prepare them for the park’s opening. The course, which is run and accredited by Skateboard GB, the governing body for skateboarding in the UK, gives skaters the chance to learn the skills needed to coach others safely and plan sessions effectively.

In addition to an indoor skate park, there will also be a separate roller rink, cafe, shop and recording studio, making it a real creative community hub that can be utilised by all.

To find out more about the project visit www.facebook.com/undercoverskateparkproject or email undercoverskateparkproject@gmail.com.