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FRN Member News - Chapter 1, 2nd Chance Furniture

Chapter 1 awards May 2016On 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; Samantha Sen, British Council of Shopping Centres; Toni Waters, Environmental Services Association; Nigel Harvey, chief executive, Recolight; and, Helen Middleton, Furniture Reuse Network.

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FRN shortlisted for MRW National Recycling Awards 2016

MRW Nat Recyc AwardThe 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.  

Tendring Reuse and Employment Enterprise (TREE) and Braintree District Council for Best Private-Public Sector Partnership

Total Reuse for Waste Prevention Award - Public and Third Party

Winner for all categories will be announced at the Awards Dinner on the evening of Wednesday 6th July 2016. 

Local Community Benefits from Donation of Brand New Mattresses by Major Retailer

Press Release for immediate release - Tuesday 10 May 2016

IMG 0064Rhondda 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.

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Re-use for a Better Future - FRN Annual Conference 2016 Press Release

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Re-use for a Better Future

Furniture Re-use Network Annual Conference 2016.


The only UK conference dedicated to re-use returns on 26 - 27 April bringing key industry influencers from the CIWM, University of Northampton, Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, IKEA, John Lewis, the voluntary re-use sector and more.

Re-use already plays an essential role in the circular economy package throughout Europe; major high street retailers see it as a crucial part to their sustainability strategies; National Government are encouraging re-use in discussions about policy making whilst Local Authorities and others are benefiting from significant savings through re-use.

The theme for this year’s Furniture Re-use Network (FRN) Annual Conference is ‘Re-use for a Better Future’ and we will be exploring the huge impact re-use has, how it will influence our future and exactly how re-use can help our communities and our businesses.

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