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  • Buy Nothing New Day - 24 November 2017

    20-10-2017 13:13:00

    The Furniture Re-use Network is launching a new campaign, Buy Nothing New Day to dispel the myth that second-hand means second-best and encourage people to go to their local charity shop on Friday 24 November. You'll be familiar with Black Friday, one of the many American marketing ploys to have...

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  • Charities see stagnating donations despite growing demand for second-hand furniture

    14-09-2017 08:00:00

    For immediate release -Thursday 14 September   Charities see stagnating donations despite growing demand for second-hand furniture The Furniture Re-use Network (FRN) Social Impact Report 2017 published today (Thursday 14 September 2017) shows a stagnation in donations of furniture and electrical...

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  • Interview with Resource Media

    07-09-2017 16:30:16

    Leonie Butler, Resource Editor, spoke to Furniture Re-use Network CEO Craig Anderson about getting social aspects of sustainability recognised and working out what motivates people to do the right thing and reuse.   Go to

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  • Super Early Bird Tickets FRN Conference 2018 - Here for a good time, not a long time!

    01-09-2017 10:33:52

      FRN Annual Conference 2018 – Super Early Bird Tickets now on saleThe Super Early Bird tickets are now on sale for the FRN Annual Conference 2018! It will once again take place in the beautiful Chesford Grange Hotel, Kenilworth on 2-3 May 2018.

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  • The Furniture Re-use Network and DixonsCarphone welcome public interest in WEEE take-back schemes highlighted in WRAP report

    20-07-2017 15:18:59

    Response statement The Furniture Re-use Network and DixonsCarphone welcome public interest in WEEE take-back schemes highlighted in WRAP report. Following the WRAP report entitled Switched on to Value: Powering Business Change, published on 18 July, the Furniture Re-use Network (FRN) and ...

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  • FRN CEO, Craig Anderson shares his thoughts following this year's annual conference

    15-06-2017 12:02:04

    The coming together of delegates and speakers served as a shining example of how keen all those involved in the sector are to debate ideas, voice concerns, share best practice and collaborate on finding creative solutions to problems. Craig Anderson, CEO FRN says:  "During the course of the...

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  • The Furniture Re-use Network awards its shining stars – across the re-use sector

    19-05-2017 10:48:39

    Craig Anderson, CEO of FRN presented this year's awards for Re-use Organisation of the Year, Innovative Project of the Year and Volunteer of the Year Award at the 2017 FRN Conference Gala Dinner on Wednesday 10 May. Finalists from all three categories demonstrated outstanding achievement in...

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  • Vote for Re-use Organisation of the Year 2017

    03-04-2017 11:59:09

    For the first time in the history of the FRN awards, we are putting the decision of who wins of the Re-use Organisation of the Year in your capable hands, dear member of the public! Why? Because, we believe that the great work our members do must be showcased and recognised nation-wide. The...

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  • Exciting Conference news - First speakers announced for the 2017 Annual Conference

    17-03-2017 13:18:36

    Why Adapting Through Change? The title of this year's conference is a reference to the turbulent climate furniture re-use organisations are currently operating in. With the threat of Brexit and the disruption that will almost certainly cause, our sector is once again going to have to adapt to both...

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  • FRN urges disposal charge exemption

    21-02-2017 13:06:37

    The Furniture Reuse Network (FRN) has called for charities to be exempt from local councils disposal charges on items they have taken from the household waste stream. 

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  • FRN welcomes the EU Waste Frame Directive

    26-01-2017 16:16:11

    Here at the Furniture Re-use Network, we welcome the European Parliament’s environment committee backing several changes to the EU Waste Framework Directive. It is the result of a couple of years’ worth of lobbying and it certainly is a much appreciated vote of support for the reuse and...

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  • The FRN Re-use Sector Impacts 2015/16

    03-10-2016 17:24:39

    Very few of my words are needed - except to congratulate those Furniture Re-use Network Members for their achievements as a sector. Your work as Furniture Re-use charities, Social Enterprises and Comminity Interest Companies has had this impact on the UK and our local communities in the past...

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  • FRN Product Weight Protocol 2016 Explained

    03-10-2016 16:02:51

      FRN Product Weight Protocol administrator, Lauren, explains how to apply for your PWP as an FRN Member and Non-Member. 

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  • FRN London Meeting

    22-07-2016 11:41:59

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  • What would we do without our wonderful volunteers?

    05-07-2016 11:15:11

    (Pic: Thanks to Gary Cliffe at Changing Lives in Cheshire) We are all indebted to our volunteers. Such wonderful people willing to really get stuck in. And indeed they do.

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  • Age UK in Norfolk Open a New Store!

    04-07-2016 16:22:50

    We at the FRN would like to congraluate the team at Age UK Norfolk for the opening of their new store!     The new shop has been opened for a little over two weeks now so we asked Paul Ward, Retail Development Manager, to say a few words about what they did and how it...

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  • Martin Brassington

    04-07-2016 11:32:33

    (Pic: FRN visits Essential Needs. Lesley Wilcox, Martin Brassington & Helen Middleton)  It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Martin Brassington. Martin had been the manager of Essential Needs in Harrogate for over 20 years, but sadly was struck down by cancer and had been unable...

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  • Competition Time for FRN Members

    01-07-2016 15:27:45

      (Pic 1: 2016 FRN Member Certificates; Pic 2: Last year's winner - WasteSavers!) It. Is. Competition. Time!  For the second year we are running a mighty fine competition and we want you to enter! 

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  • We're Recruiting

    07-06-2016 10:26:24

      As a national charity working on behalf of the furniture re-use sector, we have an exciting opportunity for an experienced Finance Officer to join our small team based in Bristol. Ideally part qualified (ACA/FCA, ACCA/FCCA, CIMA or CIPFA) and with some real world experience, you will work closely...

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  • Competition Time!

    27-05-2016 16:16:29

      The FRN Annual Member Certificate Competition… How to enter This year we want you to take a photograph of your whole team. Your photo must feature your FRN member’s certificate. Let your photograph represent the work that you do, or treat it as an opportunity to celebrate your team of fantastic...

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  • FRN Member News - FRP Gloucestershire opens their third shop.

    27-05-2016 13:20:42

    Severn Vale Housing is supporting the opening of a new Tewkesbury branch of Furniture Recycling Project (FRP). FRP will be opening its doors to the public at 9am on the 1st June 2016.  The housing society has supported FRP by providing £8,000 in funding, which it will see returned with the saving...

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  • FRN Member News - Chapter 1, 2nd Chance Furniture

    27-05-2016 13:04:21

    On Thursday 19th May 2016, Chapter 1's 2nd Chance Furniture team were declared the winners of the 2016 Best Community Recycling Initiative at the Let’s Recycle awards. The event was held at the Landmark hotel in London and pit 2nd Chance Furniture against leaders in the waste reduction field from...

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  • FRN shortlisted for MRW National Recycling Awards 2016

    27-05-2016 11:46:47

    The Furniture Reuse Network has been shortlisted for the MRW National Recycling Awards 2016. We are now a finalist in the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Innovation Category. When the FRN saw this category, we instantly knew we could really be in for a chance if we presented...

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  • Local Community Benefits from Donation of Brand New Mattresses by Major Retailer

    10-05-2016 10:05:26

    Press Release for immediate release - Tuesday 10 May 2016 Rhondda Cynon Taf community benefited from over 1,000 brand new mattresses generously donated by IKEA to toogoodtowaste, the leading re-use and recycling charity and Social Enterprise in the area last month. Mrs Pride from Pontygwaith a...

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  • Re-use for a Better Future - FRN Annual Conference 2016 Press Release

    08-03-2016 17:38:08

      Re-use for a Better Future Furniture Re-use Network Annual Conference 2016.   The only UK conference dedicated to re-use returns on 26 - 27 April bringing key industry influencers from the CIWM, University of Northampton, Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, IKEA, John...

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  • FRN Management Team - HOT

    22-01-2016 14:54:08

    A huge congratulations to all of the FRN management team – Lesley, Helen and Craig. They all made it into the Resource Magazine Hot 100 list! And yes, so they should. The Resource Magazine has published the Resource Hot 100 list for the past 13 years to (in the words of Resource Magazine)...

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  • RREUSE and FRN Response to EU revised Circular Economy Package

    02-12-2015 12:19:30

    The European Commission's revised Circular Economy Package, if left unchanged, will not do enough to develop local re-use centres, create jobs and stem the tide of re-usable goods sent to recycling or landfill every year according to RREUSE. According to recent estimates, one third of all...

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  • The FRN Advent Calendar 2015

    27-11-2015 15:32:20

    Welcome to the FRN Advent Calendar 2015 Click on the images below to reveal which of our members is behind each number!

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  • The FRN at CIWM Awards 2015

    09-11-2015 15:26:56

    (First picture from left to right: Nick Hewer, Junkbusters representative, Bex Jones (FRN), Junkbusters representatives. (Second picture: Nick Hewer, Joanne Cahill (DHL), Spider Wastechnology representative, Claire Charras (FRN), Spider Wastechnology representative)) Last Thursday the Furniture Re-use...

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  • Launch of licence for new Furniture Re-use Network Product Weight Protocol

    29-10-2015 12:25:11

    Embargoed: Friday 30th October 2015 00:01  LAUNCH OF LICENCE FOR NEW Furniture Re-use Network (FRN) PRODUCT WEIGHT PROTOCOL (PWP) (Previously FRN Average Weights List). Details of the new Licence now released. As of November 1st 2015, the FRN Product Weight Protocol (PWP), formally known as the FRN...

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  • Back On the Road! FRN Regional Roadshows 2015

    13-10-2015 13:41:08

    Join us for our annual FRN Regional Roadshow event in London in the grand NCVO located in Central London. Book your spot now!Spaces are limited and filling up fast. 

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  • FRN Regional Roadshows 2015

    06-10-2015 11:06:49

    The FRN Regional Roadshows 2015 are open to all Reuse Charities nationwide. We at the FRN want to help you network. We want to introduce you to fellow re-use charities within your regions. We want to get conversations going, find solutions to problems big and small, cover matters that concern you...

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  • Press Release: Corporate retailers partner with reuse charities to supply people living in poverty in the UK with quality, reusable items

    10-09-2015 10:56:38

    The report is available to dowload: http://www.frn.org.uk/images/frn/FRN%20Commercial%20Impact%20Report%202015%20web.pdf Embargoed: Tuesday 15 September 00:01  A new report released today (Tuesday 15 September) at the 2015 RWM Exhibition by the Furniture Re-use Network (FRN) reveals 78,000...

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  • A whole lot of Allotment

    14-08-2015 16:12:20

    Our members are always looking for more ideas that will help them reach out to more members of our society - providing more support, skills and simple kindness to those who find themselves excluded from society.  One such FRN member, Emmaus Brighton, have the Greenhouse - which is on topic for this...

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  • His Royal Highness The prince of Wales to Visit FRN member toogoodtowaste.

    03-07-2015 16:23:34

    On the day of their 20th anniversary toogoodtowaste will be receiving a visit from His Royal highness The Prince of Wales. We at FRN are incredibly proud of toogoodtowaste and want to wish them a very happy birthday! FRN CEO Craig Anderson will also be attending the day. 

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  • Who is Pioneering Furniture Re-use & Recycling?

    12-06-2015 13:09:45

    The First of its Kind - FRN Joins their international counterparts at Furnirec 2015 – The first International Recycling Congress. Lesley Wilcox speaks on FRN Take Back Schemes.    Once again, France lights the way to dramatically cut down on waste. Introduced in 2013, the ‘Eco-Tax’ is added to new...

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  • The next five years: a perspective from FRN CEO

    27-05-2015 12:14:06

      "Will the next five years be about more cuts, more waste and charities sticking plasters on the wounds in society?"  Read the latest blog by Craig Anderson, Chief Executive of the Furniture Re-use Network. ...

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  • JOB VACANCY: Marketing & Communications Officer

    05-01-2015 14:46:24

    An excellent opportunity has arisen within our organisation, based in Bristol.  This is a rewarding position that supports the growth of voluntary and community organisations nationally, enabling them to alleviate poverty for low income households and reduce household waste within their...

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  • Effective local delivery of welfare assistance schemes is needed to limit growth in poverty

    18-12-2014 16:07:54

    The Government’s statement today (18th December 2014) is a welcome recognition of the importance of local welfare provision, but the cut from £174million to £129million will make it harder for local authorities and local voluntary organisations to help the most vulnerable in our communities, says...

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  • Local Welfare Provision Consultation Response from Furniture Re-use Network

    21-11-2014 15:31:04

    We welcome this opportunity to respond to the consultation on funding of local welfare provision in 2015/2016. We seek to alert Ministers to unintended, yet highly damaging consequences, which can be avoided without detriment to overall departmental objectives.

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  • Iain Duncan Smith visits `Furniture Bank'

    21-11-2014 12:30:44

    Iain Duncan Smith won’t engage with food-banks but he visited a Suffolk-based `furniture bank’ yesterday.

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  • Clarifying, Defining and Regulating the Reuse of Waste

    20-11-2014 15:57:10

    In its Waste Prevention Programme for England published last December the Government committed to providing clarification on the application of the definition of waste for re-use and repair activities. Defra is now seeking to clarify the application of the definition of waste for reuse and repair...

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  • FRN Regional Re-use Roadshows 2014

    29-10-2014 16:33:56

    7 Events across the UK - Late November and Early December 2014. 

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  • We Won't Cope - FRN Response to today's LGA Announcement

    06-10-2014 13:27:47

    “We simply won’t be able to cope” is the response from many members of the Furniture Re-use Network (FRN) to today’s news from the Local Government Association that almost three-quarters of local authorities will abandon or scale back welfare schemes designed to provide emergency help for...

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  • Local Welfare Assistance Funding Review - Why Reuse Matters

    01-10-2014 13:46:03

    It’s welcome news for FRN and our charity members that the Government has agreed to review its decision to end the funding of Local Welfare Assistance schemes.

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  • Circular Economy is the new kid on the Re-use block

    10-09-2014 12:47:49

    …says the Furniture Re-use Network (FRN), which has been re-using, repairing and recycling waste furniture, electrical appliances and other household goods for nearly 30 years.

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  • #KeepTheSafetyNet

    10-09-2014 11:55:39

    We need your support. Please send this letter to your local MP: #Keep The Safety Net Letter Template In March 2015, the funding which enables local authorities to help people in crisis and in one-off emergency situations in their communities...

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  • Bulky Waste Contract Will Help Alleviate Poverty

    18-08-2014 08:42:49

    Bolton Community Transport & Furniture Services (BCTFS) has become the latest member of the Furniture Re-use Network (FRN) to win a local authority bulky household waste collection contract.

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  • FRN takes the circular economy to Glastonbury

    03-07-2014 15:04:16

    Revellers at this year’s Glastonbury Music Festival were given the opportunity to confess their waste sins, and to learn the difference between re-using and recycling.

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  • Crisis? What Crisis?

    13-05-2014 18:14:15

           The results of a recent national survey of furniture re-use charities strongly challenge the Government’s decision to scrap the Local Welfare Assistance Fund – a decision that will hit the poorest the...

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  • Please sign petition - SAVE Local Welfare Assistance Fund

    19-04-2014 18:09:26

    The Government is scrapping funding which enables local authorities to help people in crisis and in one-off emergency situations in their communities.  Save the fund. Help vulnerable people in crisis. Disappoint the loan sharks and pay-day lenders...  

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  • …And the Government wants to end funding that will help people in this situation….

    17-04-2014 10:42:06

    We were extremely saddened to see the plight of Keith on Channel 4 News last night (16 April 2014). Like thousands of others, Keith is forced to accept the charity of fabulous organisations such as The Trussell Trust. ...

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  • Petition to rethink fund for vulnerable people

    07-04-2014 16:59:57

    Furniture Re-use Network calls on the Coalition Government to overturn Vital Funding Decision The Furniture Re-use Network (FRN) has today (8th April 2014) launched an e-petition that if successful, will maintain a critical, financial safety net for families in crisis.

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  • LGA Report:` Routes to Re-use’

    27-03-2014 08:22:02

    The Furniture Re-use Network (FRN) welcomes the publication of the LGA’s report `Routes to Re-use – Maximising Value from Re-used Materials’ and particularly the recognition that social and economic value can be maximised by re-using items currently destined for landfill and incineration.

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  • Helping Local Authorities to Prevent Waste & Reduce Poverty

    26-03-2014 14:11:27

    Introduction In his keynote address to the FRN’s 25th Anniversary annual conference (March 2014), Eric Pickles MP – Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government stated The reuse sector “is a proper lifeline for many people” and supporting the sector’s work is “common sense”.

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  • FRN demands action on reuse to alleviate poverty

    18-03-2014 15:57:02

    The audience at last week’s Furniture Re-use Network (FRN) annual conference heard how the sector must now present reuse solutions to local authorities, with social profit at its heart; and demand that Government policies and programmes join up more sensibly.

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  • The Furniture Re-use Sector – It’s not just about the Waste

    17-03-2014 16:06:14

    “We’re not just about selling second-hand furniture and diverting it from landfill” said the Furniture Re-use Network (FRN) at its annual conference last week. But it wants and needs more of it. This was exemplified by the winners of 3 FRN Re-use Awards at its 25th anniversary gala dinner last...

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  • FRN Welcomes Local Government Association’s Announcement on Local Welfare Assistance Fund

    24-01-2014 09:22:00

    Furniture re-use charities are helping people in crisis but can’t do it alone. This is the message from the Furniture Re-use Network (FRN), the national charity which leads and supports over 300 re-use charities across the UK in response to today’s news from the Local Government association (LGA)...

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  • Personal Statement from Craig Anderson of FRN: New Year’s Honours OBE

    31-12-2013 11:33:13

    This is wonderful news and I am extremely grateful for this recognition and being honoured with an OBE. It is a very humbling experience to be honoured in this way. This award also honours and recognises the work of the Furniture Re-use Network; the team, the board and the charity reuse sector...

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  • Initial Response from FRN on English Waste Prevention Programme

    12-12-2013 09:56:57

    Having made the trip to London to attend a breakfast meeting with the Defra Minister on the day of the launch of the waste prevention programme, my disappointment began when we were only given a two page executive summary and a short explanation of what was in it. There did follow a session of...

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  • Reuse to Prevent Waste and Reduce Poverty

    10-12-2013 09:57:20

    Could the Waste Sector help reduce Poverty for millions of UK households? asks Craig Anderson of the Furniture Re-use Network  There is a direct link between current waste management approaches handling unwanted household goods – such as furniture and electrical appliances – and poverty levels in...

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  • FRN says Waste increases Poverty for millions of UK households

    16-10-2013 09:03:39

    The Furniture Re-use Network (FRN) says there is solvable resource poverty in the UK, and calls upon waste management companies and local and national Government to work with the re-use sector. As guest speaker at the CIWM Annual Presidential Dinner last night (Tuesday, 15th Oct 2013), Craig...

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  • FRN Says there is an alternative to high-interest lifestyle stores – the furniture re-use charity sector

    09-10-2013 08:52:48

    In The Guardian magazine’s article about Brighthouse, it asks if the high-interest lifestyle store is cashing in on consumer poverty (Saturday, 5th October 2013).

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  • DEFRA’s Proposed Waste Policy could lead to crisis for millions of people

    24-09-2013 13:32:16

    In the Furniture Re-use Network’s (FRN) response to the recent Waste Prevention Consultation, the national charity states that DEFRA is placing a high expectation on others to create a programme of waste prevention activity and absolves Government of any real intent or impact.

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  • Poor Standards do not meet our reuse requirements

    03-09-2013 12:19:50

    FRN has read and reviewed the Reuse Standards work released yesterday by WRAP with dismay and disappointment, finding it lacking in content and scope of risks, liabilities or application. The Furniture Re-use Network suggests such a poor standard would be devastating for the future of the reuse...

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  • FRN Response to launch of Waste Prevention Programme Consultation

    07-08-2013 09:24:09

    Paper Recycling to benefit from Reuse The first output of the Waste Prevention Programme for England landed on FRN desks yesterday and we are disappointed to say that we expect the programme to deliver more of the same …… paper. From FRN’s first reading the consultation is devoid of any policy...

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  • Fill Your House For Free - FRN's View

    24-07-2013 10:26:01

    Kirstie Allsop’s `Fill Your House For Free’, Channel 4, Tuesday, 23rd July 2013   There is a huge amount of furniture thrown away each year – 10 million items on average – but oddly, furniture re-use charities cannot meet the demand placed upon them by people in need and in crisis for essential...

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  • Ruth Jones celebrates the opening of one of largest lottery funded projects in South Wales

    10-07-2013 12:34:38

    Toogoodtowaste, one of the largest Big Lottery and Welsh Government funded projects in South Wales was declared officially open on Wednesday 3rd of July, with Ruth Jones attending the event and lending her support.   Ruth Jones star of Stella and Gavin and Stacey was one of the highlights of the...

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  • John Lewis re-use scheme gives customer sofas a new lease of life

    23-04-2013 09:39:00

        Retailer John Lewis has launched its first not for profit service, the sofa reuse scheme, which sees 'end of first life' sofas collected by the retailer from customers' homes, then reused or recycled in conjunction with members of the Furniture Re-use Network to support disadvantaged communities....

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  • Frontline Charities believe needs of the poor won’t be met

    27-03-2013 15:00:45

    The Furniture Re-use Network says a recent survey shows two-thirds of its members believe that a new social fund replacement system to help people in crisis will not be in place for the start of April. The discretionary social fund – which provides grants and zero-interest loans to help...

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  • National charity makes plea to every council in the UK

    19-02-2013 15:32:33

    The Furniture Re-use Network (FRN) has this week, written to every local authority CEO in the UK, calling on them to ensure new welfare support programmes and changes in responsibilities, do not ignore the valuable social inclusion work of local furniture re-use charities that have been...

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  • Streamlined Gift Aid for Re-use Charities

    20-12-2012 12:06:55

    FRN is pleased to report that following negotiations with HMRC on the simplification of Gift Aid for product donations, the HMRC have today announced new rules for administering such claims. FRN has been working with the Charity Retail Association and others during 2012 to gain HMRC and the...

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  • Furniture Recycling Project at No. 10

    18-12-2012 12:27:48

    Representatives of Gloucestershire’s Furniture Recycling Project (FRP), recent winners of the Big Society Award given by the Prime Minister, were invited to a meeting of all recent winners from across the UK, followed by an evening reception at No. 10 Downing Street, where they met with the Prime...

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  • EAST BELFAST MISSION Award Winning Charity

    19-11-2012 10:28:49

    In November 2011 the Social Economy team at East Belfast Mission (EBM) won the Belfast Media Aisling Award for Belfast’s Best Business in the social entrepreneur category. They entered the Ulster Bank Achievers Awards and became provincial winners of the Award for Social Entrepreneurship 2011.

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  • Think outside the recycling box: Re-use Matters

    07-11-2012 10:00:00

    If there is to be ambition in DEFRA’s Waste Prevention Plan, and a drive to create a UK circular economy to support growth, the UK’s Furniture Re-use Network suggests that DEFRA needs to work alongside other Departments and think outside the recycling box and embrace the social and economic value...

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  • New Start Highland wins Business Excellence award in Environmental Sustainability

    26-09-2012 10:46:18

    The 2012 SCDI business excellence awards sees New Start Highland presented with The Scottish Environment Protection Agency Award for Excellence in Environmental Sustainability. New Start Highland is celebrating the recognition for its valuable environmental work which supports creating...

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  • Furniture Reuse Organisation Wins Big Society Awards

    25-09-2012 13:58:01

    The Furniture Recycling Project (FRP), an FRN member based in Gloucestershire, is the latest winner of the Prime Minister’s Big Society Award The FRP works tirelessly to meet two main objectives; to provide safe, clean and affordable furniture and electrical goods to low income households, and to...

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  • Huge re-use potential in bulky waste revealed in new WRAP report

    30-08-2012 11:15:10

    More than half of all bulky waste items taken to household waste and recycling centres (HWRCs) could be re-used, according to a new report published by WRAP today. The new report also reveals that 40% of bulky items collected at the kerbside, such as sofas and TVs, could be re-used.

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  • Furniture re-use enterprise scoops top award

    14-05-2012 13:09:56

    A partnership between two charities, a social enterprise and Leeds City Council that turns trash into treasure, has been named the region’s best environmental start-up at the Yorkshire Post’s environment awards 2012.

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  • FRN and IKEA Partnership Shortlisted for National Recycling Awards

    09-04-2012 00:00:00

    The Furniture Re-use Network and IKEA have been shortlisted for the National Recycling Awards. The National Recycling Awards 2012, organised by MRW, recognise and celebrate the very best practice within the waste and resource recycling industry. The FRN and IKEA Partnership is shortlisted in the...

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  • Newbury Community Resource Centre to pilot scheme as a pathway to employment for people with mental health problems

    15-03-2012 13:01:51

    NCRC RECEIVES SUPPORT FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH INNOVATION, EXCELLENCE AND STRATEGIC DEVELOPMENT (IESD) FUND. The Newbury Community Resource Centre is amongst seventy four charities that will get a share of more than £6.8 million to test and develop innovative approaches to improve health and...

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  • The State of Big Society Reuse

    24-11-2011 14:38:39

    The Furniture Re-use Network is calling on the Government to rethink its Big Society and Re-use strategies and asking them to look at cross-departmental recognition of the wide and staggering benefits that reuse already has on the UK’s society, economy and environment.

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  • FRN welcomes European Parliament vote to support establishing a WEEE Reuse Target

    04-10-2011 12:53:56

    The FRN is extremely pleased to see today  (4th October 2011) that the MEPs who make up the European Parliament Environment Council have voted to back the WEEE Directive recast amendments that support the establishment of a reuse target of 5% across the WEEE categories. We hope to see this...

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  • High Standards in the Highlands

    18-08-2011 16:30:30

    Two Scottish Re-users are the latest FRN Members to meet International Standards   The Furniture Re-use Network wishes to congratulate both ILM Highland in Alness and New Start Highland in Inverness for satisfying the requirements of the premier International Standard ISO 9001.

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  • DWP Social Fund and the Reuse Sector

    23-06-2011 15:07:27

    Community Care Grants to support people in desperate need are to be replaced by Local Support under the new Social Fund. Within the Government's plans there is recognition of the value of the FRN membership's work to provide goods, services and support to the most disadvantaged in UK's society,...

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  • MEPs vote in favour of WEEE Re-use 5% Target

    03-02-2011 14:06:46

    Parliament wants tighter rules for the EU's growing output of waste electronic and electrical equipment (WEEE) MEPs proposed new targets for collecting, recycling and re-using wasteParliament wants tighter rules for the EU's growing output of waste electronic and electrical equipment (WEEE),...

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  • FRN’s Big Society Plans

    28-01-2011 16:46:42

    Big Society “major opportunity” for reuse sector   The coalition government's ‘Big Society' represents a major opportunity for reuse organisations to deliver more services with both the public and private sector, according to the Furniture Re-use Network.

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  • South Shropshire Furniture Scheme wins FRN President’s Award 2011

    28-01-2011 12:11:23

      South Shropshire Furniture Scheme (SSFS) and Shropshire Housing Alliance (SHA) have scooped this year’s Presidents Award at the FRN’s (Furniture Reuse Network) Annual Conference. The award, for Innovation and Design of products or services, was presented to Julian Price and Jean Jarvis MBE at the...

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  • IKEA reveals early success with FRN reuse initiative

    28-01-2011 11:00:43

    Furniture reuse organisations across the UK could gain hundreds of thousands of pounds a year of extra income under a new initiative which encourage IKEA's online customers to donate their used furniture to a member of the Furniture Reuse Network, the retail giant has claimed. Speaking at the...

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  • Standards for bulky waste

    28-10-2010 09:31:51

      In July 2005, FRN issued the following press release about its bulky waste project Setting the standards for bulky waste

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  • New average weights for furniture

    28-10-2010 09:30:56

    The Furniture Re-use Network (FRN) has updated its average weights list. The list is more comprehensive than ever before, including items that had previously been missed out and breaking items down into different types, such as differentiating between cane conservatory-style sofas and regular...

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  • Guide shows way for Waste

    28-10-2010 09:28:01

    FRN issued the following press release in June 2006 New guide shows way for Bulky Waste A guide on how to run a sustainable public service for items too big to fit into people’s bins has been published by the Furniture Re-use Network (FRN). You know bulky waste can be re-used and recycled, but...

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  • Energy Minister visits WEEE centre

    28-10-2010 09:27:07

    FRN issued the following press release in August 2006 Malcolm Wicks, the Energy Minister responsible for the UK’s adoption of the WEEE Directive, on Friday visited one of the voluntary and community sector’s specialised WEEE collection and re-use facilities.  Mr Wicks - who recently declared an...

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  • REPIC and FRN join forces

    28-10-2010 09:26:31

    The following press release was issued on 16 November 2006 A major new WEEE partnership between manufacturers and the community sector has been announced by REPIC and FRN; a partnership that will result in economic and social benefits for both re-users and producers. REPIC the not for profit...

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  • Furniture deal cuts fly-tipping

    28-10-2010 09:25:38

    A bid to cut down on fly-tipping and help residents save money on furniture was getting under way today. A new partnership between the National Housing Federation and the Furniture Re-use Network was being launched in Andover , Hampshire, at the first birthday party of Twice As Nice - the award...

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  • Government backs re-use

    28-10-2010 09:24:31

    The following press releases were issued in December 2006 Over 200 delegates from 100 different UK wide organisations witnessed Government Minister for DEFRA, The Rt Hon Ben Bradshaw MP, enter into a fascinating dialogue with the audience concerning re-use, a vital signal of the UK’s green...

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  • Guide to re-use launched

    28-10-2010 09:23:52

    The following press release was issued in January 2007 GUIDE TO RE-USE CREDITS LAUNCHED A briefing paper for local authorities on how to set up a re-use credits system has been issued by LARAC, the FRN and WRAP. Further to the Government-issued Guidance on re-use credits in April 2006, the...

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  • Children denied items

    28-10-2010 09:22:04

    The following press release was issued in April 2007: Children are denied basic household items -charity calls for Government initiative to tackle material deprivation Government research into Child poverty in the UK shows that large proportions of the poorest households can not afford basic...

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  • Re-use Counts

    28-10-2010 09:21:36

    The following press release was issued on 25th May 2007:  Charity body welcomes waste strategy for England The Furniture Re-use Network has warmly welcomed the Government’s new Waste Strategy for England.  The top objective states that the Government will “put more emphasis on waste prevention and...

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  • Homeless get SPA

    28-10-2010 09:20:28

    The following press release was issued on 26th July 2007: Starter Packs Association will assist people to establish a home The Furniture Re-use Network today launched the Starter Packs Association to support the development of starter packs schemes across the country.  In London this work is...

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  • Councils dump re-usable furniture

    28-10-2010 09:19:36

    The following press release was issued on 20th September 2007: Councils dump 10 million re-usable items of furniture every year  Over 10 million reusable items of furniture are sent to landfill by local authorities every year - almost 30,000 items every day - revealed a study by The Furniture...

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  • Dixons, DHL and FRN join forces

    28-10-2010 09:19:00

    FRN issued the following press release on 10th December 2007: Dixons Stores Group, DHL and the FRN join forces for the benefit of re-users and retailers  A major new WEEE (waste electronics and electrical equipment) alliance between the UK’s largest electrical retailer, the world’s largest...

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  • E-Bay Charity Shopping

    28-10-2010 09:18:05

    FRN issued the following press release on 16th January 2008: EBay Shopping Mall for Re-use Charities  FRN team up with Missionfish to empty the cupboards The Furniture Re-use Network today launched a page dedicated to selling items on eBay which have been collected by re-use charities.

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  • Pioneering Schemes

    28-10-2010 09:16:54

    PIONEERING FURNITURE RECYCLING SCHEME COULD HELP SLASH DEBTS, CREATE SUSTAINABLE TENANCIES AND SAVE THE ENVIRONMENT A pioneering project aimed at encouraging communities across the country to redistribute unwanted furniture to low-income families could help slash debt, create sustainable...

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  • Re-use to count

    28-10-2010 09:16:16

    Re-use to count for the first time  The FRN has welcomed government changes to waste targets which allows reuse tonnages to count towards council targets.  Before this change reuse, which is higher up the waste hierarchy than recycling, was excluded from council targets.  This gave the majority of...

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  • Top Of The Tree

    28-10-2010 09:15:06

    TREE from Essex led the way at the 2009 national Furniture Reuse Network awards. Held at its annual conference in Cheshire last week the Presidents awards entered their second year in style.. Standing out from 320 voluntary sector organisations in the Furniture Reuse Network was Tendring Reuse...

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  • Paul Smith Moves On From the Furniture Re-Use Network

    23-10-2010 15:19:53

    Bob Whitehead, Chair of the FRN, has announced that CEO Paul Smith is leaving the organisation on 30 October, to pursue a range of new opportunities in the public, private and voluntary sectors - not least, as a parliamentary candidate, to concentrate on his preparations for the next General...

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