Virgin Media COVID Desk Clear

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Virgin Media COVID Desk Clear:

Supporting Virgin Media's COVID desk clear process to allow for regular, enhanced cleaning and reinforcing the clear desk/agile working policy upon return to work.


4 weeks

Type of project:

Facilities Management


Various Locations



Client profile

In an ongoing quest to improve business operations, Virgin Media has partnered with Active Workplace Solutions since 2007. Over the last 14 years, Active has supported the Virgin Media facilities and property maintenance review programme throughout the UK and has a proven track record in the delivery and management of the FM services procured.

During the first COVID lockdown employee desks were cleared of all items (including some personal possessions) to allow for the regular enhanced cleaning which was required.

Desks were photographed, any items on the desks were bagged up and placed in a box and then the box was labeled with the desk number as an identifier before being stored on site.

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Client challenge

Due to the sheer amount of sites across the UK, with hundreds of employees, a swift & manageable process was going to be required to ensure that the desk clearing process was completed in a timely fashion.

In addition to this, there were a huge amount of personal/company items that needed to be cleared, bagged and stored to ensure that personal belongings weren't lost in the clearing process.

On top of this Virgin Media will be reinforcing the clear desk/agile working policy by removing all personal storage including under desk drawer pedestals and lockers. These will again require the sorting and disposal of all contents before the furniture itself is recycled.

Active solution

The new process was originally trialled on two Manchester sites and as this was successful it was rolled out across all Virgin Media sites. Active's tasks included:

  • Locating employees personal items in the stored boxes
  • Returning these personal items to the individuals
  • Sorting remaining boxed items into waste categories and disposing of them accordingly. Waste was segregated into WEEE, Confidential Waste, Mixed Waste, Food & Metal.
  • Sorting contents of lockers and drawers into waste categories and disposing of them accordingly
  • Recycling of lockers and drawer pedestals
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Benefits and results

Quantities of furniture and effects recycled across 15 locations and over 33 days:

  • 3000 pedestals
  • 2000 lockers
  • The contents of 2000 archive boxes.

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