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Energy Minister visits WEEE centre

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 interest in improving his understanding of what is required to successfully implement Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment in the UK - was pleased to find Croydon ARC - a major WEEE facility - was successfully running in his own constituency.

Croydon ARC (originally set-up as a partnership between Croydon Council, London Community Recycling Network and the Furniture Re-use Network) is part of the FRN’s co-ordinated development of a nationwide re-use and logistics network.

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REPIC and FRN join forces

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 company formed and owned by over 60 of the major producers of electrical and electronic equipment in the UK has agreed an alliance with FRN (Furniture Re-use Network) as a national partner for the reuse and collection of WEEE.

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Furniture deal cuts fly-tipping

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 winning furniture recycling scheme set up by Testway Housing.

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Government backs re-use

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 credentials.

The Furniture Re-Use Network’s (FRN) 2006 Conference in Sutton Coldfield featured key note speeches from prominent individuals including the Government Minister who promised a number of measures to boost the funding for re-use organisations including investigation of financial benefits for councils working with re-use charities, a ministerial letter to local authorities not paying re-use credits and a review of recycling targets to include re-use.

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