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

For immediate release -Thursday 14 September 

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 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 equipment to reuse charities in the UK despite a growing demand for second-hand goods.

Reuse charities can be a lifeline for people in crisis by providing much needed essential furniture and electrical goods. The FRN report, shows that in 2017, just 3.45 million items were reused in the UK by the voluntary reuse sector compared to 3.48 million items in 2016.

This decline has then an impact on the number of households helped every year thanks to reused items which drops from 1.51 million in 2016 to 1.50 million in 2017 despite an increase in demand by people in need across the country.

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Interview with Resource Media

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 Resource Media to read the full article.

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

 

FRN Annual Conference 2018 – Super Early Bird Tickets now on sale
The 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

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 DixonsCarphone have issued a joint statement responding to WRAP's report finding that '83% of households are interested in retailer take-back schemes' and highlighting the success of their current take-back scheme for WEEE goods including fridges, cookers and washing machines in place across the UK.

The Furniture Re-use Network (FRN) have been working in partnership with DixonsCarphone since 2013 and has established a successful WEEE take-back framework that includes pick-up and drop-off services between reuse charities and DixonsCarphone stores. The innovative scheme serves a common goal of both retailer and reuse charity to support local communities and an increasing demand for affordable, quality electrical appliances while helping reduce waste and harm to the environment.

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