Many furniture re-use charities started up in the 1980s and early 1990s to address the needs of homeless people and families living in crisis, and to solve a growing public concern and frustration that good unwanted furniture had become increasingly difficult to donate to charity, and usually ended up in landfill. Agencies such as Women’s Refuge and the Salvation Army ceased taking furniture due to tightening regulations on second hand items, and limited capacity for growth.
Is it time to forget about policy intervention bringing about the changes we are after? Should we be connecting and directing the vision and ideas of the think-tanks to the practitioners who are active in local communities and who are making a real difference on the ground to people’s lives? Why not let communities put the theory into practice? They are doing it already.
Austerity and Ambition for Society's Waste and Welfare
It is a few days since I presented at the Resourcing the Future conference in London and I am really quite motivated and inspired by what I heard there. For the first time since I’ve worked in this sector – I think the waste management, recycling and resources sector is having a reusable lightbulb moment, and are understanding the benefit of re-use for business as well as for the people that live in the society they serve.
The 1st Waste Furniture Recycling Congress, 8-10 June 2015.
By Claire Charras, Customer Liaison Officer, FRN
As the French contingent at the FRN, and opportunely visiting my family in Paris at that time, I was designated as a suitable person to accompany Lesley to the 1st Waste Furniture Recycling Congress in Deauville, France at the start of June.
The conference was organised by Valdelia, the French compliance scheme for non-household furniture.
The First of it’s Kind - FRN Joins their international counterparts at Furnirec 2015 – The first International Recycling Congress. Lesley Wilcox speaks on FRN Take Back Schemes.
Once again, France lights the way to dramatically cut down on waste. Introduced in 2013, the ‘Eco-Tax’ is added to new furniture enforcing producer responsibility. This tax is used to finance and improve the recycling of used furniture.
Will the next five years be about more cuts, more waste and charities sticking plasters on the wounds in society?Wednesday, 27 May 2015 11:55
Whether it is food or furniture or some of the finer things in life that we all need or want– when it comes down to it, we all need food, shelter and basic home comforts to live and feel part of today's society.
Reflecting on recent announcements on the bans and petitions to stop wasting food from supermarkets, the content of the Queen's Speech for the opening of Parliament, and the EU Circular Economy consultation – this is a good time for a more holistic view to be adopted – be it policy or practice.
The recent FRN conference has highlighted and strengthened the resolve of social economy reuse operators across the UK to combat social inequalities with tried, tested and new partnerships - so that reuse for social profit stands out as leading the way for a fairer and more equal society within the emerging circular economy.