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

Press Release for immediate release - Tuesday 10 May 2016

IMG 0064Rhondda 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 customer at toogoodtowaste says: “When I heard that toogoodtowaste had new mattresses donated from a well-known retailer I was delighted. I have three children who were all needing a new mattress, but with limited monies I didn’t know how I was going to do this. Thanks to toogoodtowaste and their donator I was able to take advantage of this offer, which was truly, toogoodtomiss.”

The substantial donation from IKEA UK & Ireland of 1,188 brand new mattresses & mattress toppers of all sizes went to toogoodtowaste, a charity that is dedicated to helping those in need, community regeneration and reducing waste to landfill. This was part of a larger donation of over 8000 mattresses from IKEA, given to Furniture Re-use Network (FRN) members - UK based reuse charities and social enterprises.

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

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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 Lewis, the voluntary re-use sector and more.

Re-use already plays an essential role in the circular economy package throughout Europe; major high street retailers see it as a crucial part to their sustainability strategies; National Government are encouraging re-use in discussions about policy making whilst Local Authorities and others are benefiting from significant savings through re-use.

The theme for this year’s Furniture Re-use Network (FRN) Annual Conference is ‘Re-use for a Better Future’ and we will be exploring the huge impact re-use has, how it will influence our future and exactly how re-use can help our communities and our businesses.

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FRN Management Team - HOT

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) “celebrate the hard work of those in the waste and resources industry”. Craig and Helen have featured in the list in previous years but it is a first for Lesley who was thrilled by her inclusion.

Congratulations folks. You certainly deserve it! 

RREUSE and FRN Response to EU revised Circular Economy Package

EU Circular Eco Package

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 material arriving at recycling centres could still be re-used and at least one quarter of electronic waste still has significant re-use value. An estimated six million tonnes of textile waste is either landfilled or incinerated in the EU every year.

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