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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.


Taking one key point from the webinar:

“The demand for reusable product must be stimulated”

FRN’s response? A huge demand already exists!

Each year, the FRN sector diverts 103,000 tonnes form landfill, or reuses 3 million items each year…and we need more.

All 200+ FRN members are struggling to supply essential household goods to their customers as the effects of austerity and cost of living bite deeper.

The problem isn’t demand; the problem is supply.

Local authorities: OPEN YOUR GATES!

If local authorities are nervous and unsure about how to maximise re-use, maximise social value and how to commission services with the third sector, then look no further. FRN has all that you need:

  • All the commissioning and operational guidance in `Bulky Basics’;

  • Real life, detailed case studies of different waste collection and disposal scenarios;

  • Facilitation services between you and our members. FREE!


In fact, before rattling on any further about our response to the webinar, I think the attached article we wrote for the magazine `Local Authority Waste & Recycling’ (LAWR) way back in March 2014 sums up many of the points raised about re-use, waste diversion, service commissioning, retailer take-back schemes and the professionalism of the re-use sector.

 Helen blog pg 1

Helen blog pg 2

In the last few months, we’ve talked to a growing number of district and county councils who are looking to our sector for low cost waste and bulky waste solutions.

We’ve got the solutions. Just come and talk to us. In the meantime, we'll shout louder about our work.

To listen again to the Lets Recycle webinar:


Helen Middleton

Market Development Manager

Furniture Re-use Network

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