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Did you know 10 million household items are sent to landfill every year? 3 million of these items could be re-used by people in crisis.

The Furniture Re-use Network (FRN) supports over 200 re-use charities helping them to reach vulnerable people in crisis whilst reducing waste at the same time through the act of reuse.


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Every year the sector:


Employs over 5,000 staff     

 Saves over 125,600 tonnes of CO²

 Supports around 14,200 volunteers      

 Provides training to around 35,350 trainees 

 Helps around 1.5 million low income households

 Diverts 117,450 tonnes of waste from landfill

 Reuses 3.45 million items of furniture and electrical equipment

 Saves low income households £436 million on essential goods


The Furniture Re-use Network's projects & activities: 

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Product Weight Protocol 2016

FRN Product Weight Protocol (Average Weights)


The FRN Product Weight Protocol (PWP), formally known as the FRN Average Weights List, requires the purchase of an annual licence from the FRN. The licence is agreed with and recognised by UK regulators who will be checking PWP licences whilst carrying out their inspections on UK reuse and recycling operations.

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Value Derived from Re-use in the UK

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Identifying some of the social and environmental benefits created by the charitable re-use sector. Addressing the need for an increased recognition of this value and the need for further collaboration with public and private organisations.

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Retailers, Manufacturers and Other Commercial Partners


As part of our work to ensure that there are enough items beings donated and re-used to help people in need across the UK, we work directly with major retailers and manufacturers and other commercial partners.

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Government Departments on Policy and Regulations


We must ensure that our charitable work is encouraged and supported by the UK Government. The Furniture Re-use Network works with many Government Departments to ensure policy, practice and public services support the re-use of furniture and electrical appliances for social, economic and environmental benefit.

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Social Landlords on Housing, Sustainable Tenancies and Welfare Reform


We work with social housing providers to support their tenants to furnish their homes. Our work with the social housing sector is in response to serious financial and social exclusion issues, and welfare reform impacts.

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Local Authorities on Services and Issues in Local Communities


Local Authorities are responsible for various local services that impact upon re-use of unwanted furniture. They collect bulky waste that should be re-used and not dumped as waste; they must support people on low incomes who are in need or in crisis; they must drive local economic development. FRN works with re-use charities at a local level to ensure that Local Authorities understand the social, environmental and economic value of re-use within their communities.

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Trainees, Placements and Volunteers

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The re-use sector offers great opportunities for learning new skills and workplace experience to help people back to work. We work with other partners to provide work placements, qualifications and skills. Also, many re-use charities provide volunteering opportunities for people who have valuable skills to offer or time on their hands.

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Re-use Quality Standards


The Furniture Re-use Network represents over 300 re-use charities; over 60 of these are Approved Re-use Centre covering the whole of the UK. They operate quality assured product testing facilities, processes and outlets, and offer product liability, operational assurance and consumer protection to customers, donors and partners.

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Rethinking Design for Reuse


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