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FRN and IKEA Partnership Shortlisted for National Recycling Awards

The Furniture Re-use Network and IKEA have been shortlisted for the National Recycling Awards.

The National Recycling Awards 2012, organised by MRW, recognise and celebrate the very best practice within the waste and resource recycling industry. The FRN and IKEA Partnership is shortlisted in the Best Partnership Project for Recycling category. The awards ceremony will be held in London in July.

Our submission for Best Partnership Project for Recycling focused upon the pinnacle operation of the four-phase partnership which was the launch and UK roll-out of IKEA’s customer take-back operation where all old furniture is collected for reuse and recycling through a network of FRN’s Approved Re-use Centres (ARC).

The FRN has been working with IKEA over the past 3 years to develop and provide a solution for the re-use and recycling of IKEA customers’ pre-used mattresses, upholstery and large domestic appliances collected by IKEA through their national “Take Back” service when delivering new products to customers’ homes.

We are delighted to have been shortlisted for the Best Partnership Project for Recycling award and are proud that FRN’s 3 year partnership with IKEA to launch a new, innovative re-use and recycling service has been recognised. Being shortlisted for this award has enabled us to highlight the charitable sector’s ability to provide a quality, cost-effective service to the commercial sector.

This scheme is now operating through 18 FRN Approved Re-use Centres (ARC) linked directly with their local IKEA store.  These ARCs are fully audited for regulatory compliance and for meeting operational and service standards. This new customer service and resource recovery operation are serving the FRN objective of reducing poverty by helping households in need to access furniture, white goods and other household items at affordable prices, along with reducing the amount of waste being placed into landfill.  It is also helping IKEA to take a significant step forward towards the five key sustainability goals set by the IKEA group which are; reducing its CO2 impacts and emissions; having zero waste to landfill operations; providing sustainable living solutions and being a good neighbour in local communities.

FRN and its UK-wide network of Approved Re-use Centres (ARCs) gives confidence to private and public sector partners, reduces the amount of reusable and recyclable material from going to landfill, and gives positive waste minimisation messages to the general public.

The innovative nature of this partnership and the desire of all parties involved, including the general public, indicates a successful partnership and positive environmental and social outcome throughout 2012 and into the future.

For a full list of all of the finalists go to: http://www.nationalrecyclingawards.com/shortlist

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