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Guide shows way for Waste

FRN issued the following press release in June 2006

New guide shows way for Bulky Waste

A guide on how to run a sustainable public service for items too big to fit into people’s bins has been published by the Furniture Re-use Network (FRN). You know bulky waste can be re-used and recycled, but how should it be done? Bulky Basics is an essential and practical guide to turning a bulky waste service into a bulky re-use and recycling service, including assessing its true cost. It is the result of a year-long research project which has examined existing bulky waste services around the country, including innovative areas where re-use and recycling is already happening.

LARAC has welcomed the manual

Bulky Basics is an excellent and really comprehensive piece of work. It is packed with essential ‘how to’ information rather than theories and I'm sure that both local authorities and furniture groups will find it a real help in guiding them through the practicalities of setting up bulky waste re-use and recycling schemes.” Joy Blizzard, LARAC Communications Officer .

Linda Crichton ROTATE Manager at WRAP agrees, “Bulky Basics is a useful and practical guide for local authorities that are considering developing bulky waste collection services either for themselves or with the community sector. There is a lot of practical detail ranging from scripts for call centre staff to highlighting health and safety issues to how to cost a service.

Furniture re-use organisations are experts in taking care of bulky items and protecting their value to pass on to people in need. Their entire operation is set up to retain and restore the value of items, notably by entering the householders’ property, taking care of items during collection and transit, and testing, repairing and refurbishing any potentially re-usable items. All organisations involved in bulky waste – household collections and at CA sites – will find this manual useful for both assessing their current service and improving it to maximise re-use. Amongst other things it sets out:

  • Potential partnership scenarios
  • Policies and other documentation required
  • Resources and waste licensing requirements
  • How to cost up a new service
  • Procedures for each step of the process
  • Monitoring and reporting guidelines

Caroline Lee-Smith, the author of Bulky Basics, commented, “The FRN is working to improve the quantity and quality of public services our members can offer. This manual will enable furniture re-use organisations to offer a high standard of service to local authorities to collect and re-use bulky items and has the potential to radically change bulky waste practices around the UK . As well as diverting items from landfill, through processing an increased number of items, furniture re-use organisations will also increase their contribution to their local communities – combatting social exclusion by assisting local people into employment and providing basic household items to people on low incomes. In this way, the value of items from the waste stream is used for the benefit of local communities.”

Partnerships incorporating re-use into bulky waste services could change the face of bulky waste in the UK as we know it. And since “Bulky waste and e-waste are the fastest growing waste streams...” John Burns, Director, Waste Implementation Programme, Defra (‘ Taking waste seriously’, The Loop, Autumn 2005 ) this is one waste stream that deserves our attention now. The Manual ‘Bulky Basics’ was funded from the DEFRA Waste Partnership Fund and developed in partnership with the Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee (LARAC) and Network Recycling.

To order a copy of Bulky Basics, please print off and complete an order form, using the link below.
Please enclose a cheque for payment, as detailed on the form, made payable to the "Furniture Re-use Network". Completed forms should be returned to FRN at the address below.

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Send completed forms to:
48 - 54 West Street
St. Philips

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