Severn Vale Housing is supporting the opening of a new Tewkesbury branch of Furniture Recycling Project (FRP). FRP will be opening its doors to the public at 9am on the 1st June 2016.
The housing society has supported FRP by providing £8,000 in funding, which it will see returned with the saving made with furniture and electrical items that are re-usable being collected and refurbished and not going to landfill.
This will be FRP’s third shop. They already have ones in Cheltenham and Gloucester. The shop will operate from a unit on Delta Drive in Newtown, on the edge of Tewkesbury.
FRP will utilise reusable furniture and electrical goods from empty Severn Vale properties. It will then be sold on at low-cost to the community, including Severn Vale customers in social need.
On Thursday 19th May 2016, Chapter 1's 2nd Chance Furniture team were declared the winners of the 2016 Best Community Recycling Initiative at the Let’s Recycle awards. The event was held at the Landmark hotel in London and pit 2nd Chance Furniture against leaders in the waste reduction field from all over the UK.
The award sponsored by Viridor was presented by the host, ITV presenter Charlotte Hawkins with Lord Deben giving the keynote address. This year’s expert judging panel included: Sally Talbot vice chair, LARAC; Linda Crichton, WRAP; Simon Ellin, Recycling Association chief executive; Steve Eminton, editor of letsrecycle.com; Samantha Sen, British Council of Shopping Centres; Toni Waters, Environmental Services Association; Nigel Harvey, chief executive, Recolight; and, Helen Middleton, Furniture Reuse Network.
The Furniture Reuse Network has been shortlisted for the MRW National Recycling Awards 2016. We are now a finalist in the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Innovation Category.
When the FRN saw this category, we instantly knew we could really be in for a chance if we presented the FRN WEEE TakeBack Scheme with DixonsCarphone DHL. The scheme, which sees FRN members collecting WEEE takeback from DixonsCarphone platforms, ensures that 10% of all DixonsCarphone WEEE takeback is reused, therefore reducing waste whilst providing low cost quality reusable items to those vulnerable families and individuals who can't afford new items at the same time. It is very exciting to have been shortlisted and to have been given the opportunity to present the FRN WEEE Takeback scheme to a panel of judges.
We would also like to congratulate FRN members who have also been shortlisted for various other categories. We wish you all the very best of luck. You definitely deserve it.
Winner for all categories will be announced at the Awards Dinner on the evening of Wednesday 6th July 2016.
Press Release for immediate release - Tuesday 10 May 2016
Rhondda Cynon Taf community benefited from over 1,000 brand new mattresses generously donated by IKEA to toogoodtowaste, the leading re-use and recycling charity and Social Enterprise in the area last month.
Mrs Pride from Pontygwaith a customer at toogoodtowaste says: “When I heard that toogoodtowaste had new mattresses donated from a well-known retailer I was delighted. I have three children who were all needing a new mattress, but with limited monies I didn’t know how I was going to do this. Thanks to toogoodtowaste and their donator I was able to take advantage of this offer, which was truly, toogoodtomiss.”
The substantial donation from IKEA UK & Ireland of 1,188 brand new mattresses & mattress toppers of all sizes went to toogoodtowaste, a charity that is dedicated to helping those in need, community regeneration and reducing waste to landfill. This was part of a larger donation of over 8000 mattresses from IKEA, given to Furniture Re-use Network (FRN) members - UK based reuse charities and social enterprises.