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The FRN at CIWM Awards 2015

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(First picture from left to right: Nick Hewer, Junkbusters representative, Bex Jones (FRN), Junkbusters representatives. (Second picture: Nick Hewer, Joanne Cahill (DHL), Spider Wastechnology representative, Claire Charras (FRN), Spider Wastechnology representative))

Last Thursday the Furniture Re-use Network (FRN) were the proud sponsors of The Best Recycling Award at the CIWM Awards. Bex Jones, FRN’s Marketing and Communications Officer, presented the prestigious award to Junkbusters – University of Birmingham for their innovative scheme encouraging students to donate and not throw away unwanted items at the end of their year. 10,000 Junkbuster bags filled with unwanted items were donated!

The judges had a hard decision in choosing the winner for this category as all of the applicant’s projects were fantastic. The runners up were:

Dennis Eagle – Dennis the Dustcart, a children’s book, combined learning with fun and informed the reader about the importance of recycling to the environment.

London Borough of Redbridge – By transforming unsightly bins which had become an “embarrassing eyesore” for the borough into attractive focal points for recycling have increased recycling activity.

Simply Cups – Over a million paper drinking cups have been removed from landfill and incineration and recycled since Simply Cups put into place a robust recovery and reprocessing scheme… Simple!

Techlan Ltd -  Techlan have developed an innovative process for the safe, environmentally friendly disposal of contaminated silicon release paper. In 2014, 47 tonnes was recycled by this process!

Congratulations to Junkbusters and all the runners up of The Best Recycling Project Award sponsored by FRN.

The Furniture Reuse Network were not without their own celebrations at the CIWM Awards and Claire Charras, Business Support Officer, joined Joanne Cahill from DHL Envirosolutions to collect their Award for Demonstrating Project Innovation. The FRN have worked very closely with Dixons Carphone and DHL Envirosolutions on the FRN Takeback Schemes to improve the amount of WEEE (waste electrical and electronic equipment) being reused and recycled. The FRN are particularly involved in helping Dixons Carphone & DHL Envirosolutions reuse as much as possible. Unwanted WEEE items are collected from customers and returned to a depot where FRN members – national reuse charities, identify and take the items that can be reused. Through this partnership FRN have reused 30,000 items taken from Dixons Carphone and DHL Envirosolutions. 


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