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Re-use: Challenges and Ambitions

Thursday, 10 December 2015 12:16

Bulky waste and re-use received some well-deserved airtime or rather, online time, via Lets Recycle’s webinar yesterday (9th Dec 2015) titled `Reuse: Challenges and Ambitions’.

The presentations raised some important issues and recommendations concerning bulky waste collection, reuse, disposal and the involvement of the third sector. But very little of the presented content about what local authorities can do was particularly new - FRN has been creating guidance, facilitating negotiations between local authorities, waste management companies and re-use organisations, and leading our sector for over 10 years in this particular area of re-use and bulky waste management.


FRN Comment on the Autumn Statement

Wednesday, 25 November 2015 15:38

The devil, as they say, is in the detail, and there will be much scrutiny of policy behind the Chancellor’s headline statements in today’s Autumn Statement.

There are a number of policy areas and departmental budget cuts which affect the charitable reuse sector, such as employment; business, innovation and skills, the environment, and we’ll have a much better understanding of the facts in coming days.

However, two key announcements stand out for the reuse sector this afternoon.


As necessity is the mother of invention, could the 'upcycling' of unwanted wardrobes into Japanese accommodation 'capsules' be the next big thing for housing associations and social enterprise development?


A Supply Chain of Hope

Tuesday, 25 August 2015 14:02

Many furniture re-use charities started up in the 1980s and early 1990s to address the needs of homeless people and families living in crisis, and to solve a growing public concern and frustration that good unwanted furniture had become increasingly difficult to donate to charity, and usually ended up in landfill. Agencies such as Women’s Refuge and the Salvation Army ceased taking furniture due to tightening regulations on second hand items, and limited capacity for growth.



Is it time to forget about policy intervention bringing about the changes we are after? Should we be connecting and directing the vision and ideas of the think-tanks to the practitioners who are active in local communities and who are making a real difference on the ground to people’s lives? Why not let communities put the theory into practice? They are doing it already.


Austerity and Ambition for Society's Waste and Welfare


It is a few days since I presented at the Resourcing the Future conference in London and I am really quite motivated and inspired by what I heard there. For the first time since I’ve worked in this sector – I think the waste management, recycling and resources sector is having a reusable lightbulb moment, and are understanding the benefit of re-use for business as well as for the people that live in the society they serve.



Thursday, 25 June 2015 15:50


The 1st Waste Furniture Recycling Congress, 8-10 June 2015.

By Claire Charras, Customer Liaison Officer, FRN

As the French contingent at the FRN, and opportunely visiting my family in Paris at that time, I was designated as a suitable person to accompany Lesley to the 1st Waste Furniture Recycling Congress in Deauville, France at the start of June.
The conference was organised by Valdelia, the French compliance scheme for non-household furniture.


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