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Film/TV Production Set Clearance

Q: What do I need to do to organise a set clearance?

A: We offer a complimentary site visit to assess the amount of waste, then quote for the individual job.

Please contact us on +44(0) 7810 567 067 or email to enquiries@dresd.co.uk

Q: Where are you based and can you cover the entire UK with your service?

A: We are based at Pinewood Studios, Bristol, and Essex. We can travel to sets in England, Scotland and Wales.

Q: What do you do with the waste that's collected?

A: We sort the waste we collect into categories, then re-use it for interior design, events and set dressing, sell it and/or re-purpose it for a second use, and donate a considerable amount towards various registered charities; thereby reducing what would normally be sent to landfill.

Q: What insurance do you have?

A: Drèsd has in-house insurance which covers our vehicles; employers and public liability up to 10 million pounds. We also hold our own waste carriers licence.

Q: Do you organise everything, including the humpers and vehicles?

A: We organise appropriate vehicles and drivers; drivers and assistants also actively collect and load and we are able to supply additional humpers to the production at a competitive daily rate.

Q: What can you clear from a production set?

A: Please ask and we'll let you know, but we can collect most things including wood, furniture, flats, fabric, costumes, metal, plants, polystyrene, paint, lighting, plastics, glass, office supplies and sundries.

Q: How do I know you dispose of waste responsibly?

A: We pride ourselves on our responsible, sustainable removal and then re-use of salvaged waste. On request we can provide details of the type of waste we have disposed of and the sustainable way we prevented it from being sent to landfill. Clients are happy to provide us with testimonials, which we publish here (link to 'Clients'). We hold a waste carriers licence.

As an example, we re-used the set from the film production of Les Miserables, Snow White, an undisclosed production and the TV series The Hour to build the staging and set dress the venue for the annual Observer Ethical Awards; and the set of Anna Karenina, Les Miserables and 47Ronin to create a fully-functioning cafe and restaurant at Kilver Court in Somerset.

Q: Are you a registered independent company.

A: Yes we are a limited company and not affiliated to any other registered company.

Q: Are you a not for profit or charitable enterprise.

A: No, we are a registered limited company that uses profits to grow the services. However, certain aspects of our work are offered FOC, such as organising and delivering donations to charity.

Q: How much does it cost per skip to clear a set?

A: We provide a complimentary site visit to accurately assess and cost each clearance, but as a guide the cost is 350 for the first three tons, or 175 per small load of 1.5 tons with a price per ton thereafter per load.

Q: Who do you already work with?

A: Film studios including Universal, leading production houses including Kudos, event producers, interior designers, charities and refuges who take items from us, plus many other varied businesses.

Q: Which productions have you sustainably cleared?

A: Les Miserables, Fast & Furious 6, Snow White, 47Ronin, The Hour, Anna Karenina, Gambit, Worlds End, About Time, I Give It a Year, Closed, Quartet and The Black Sea.

Q: If I want to buy something from a set, how can I do that?

A: Make an appointment to visit our warehouse in Essex, or email us with an enquiry as we have an ever changing bank of stock.

Q: Can you provide me with a report to show how waste was disposed of?

A: Yes, by arrangement we can provide the client with a report detailing the waste removal and subsequent re-use. We also supply on-going reports to productions as and when pieces are used for key events or productions.

All donations to charities are catalogued and letters of receipt obtained and supplied back to productions.

Q: Can I buy individual items, such as theatrical flats?

A: Yes. Please make an appointment to visit our warehouse in Essex.

Buying from Drèsd.

Q: Where can I browse what you're selling?

A: Please make an appointment to visit our warehouse in Essex.

Please contact us on +44(0) 7810 567 067 or email to enquiries@dresd.co.uk

  • "We were very interested in their policy of recycling, artistic inventiveness with the scrap material and scope for set storage that they offered ... Drèsd were extremely helpful and positive from the start and managed to organise all the transport and labour in a very efficient manner. Everything went according to plan and I would not hesitate to highly recommend them to any film planning on putting a similar scheme in place." Patrick Schweitzer UPM, Les Miserables Barricade Productions