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Government backs re-use

The following press releases were issued in December 2006

Over 200 delegates from 100 different UK wide organisations witnessed Government Minister for DEFRA, The Rt Hon Ben Bradshaw MP, enter into a fascinating dialogue with the audience concerning re-use, a vital signal of the UK’s green credentials.

The Furniture Re-Use Network’s (FRN) 2006 Conference in Sutton Coldfield featured key note speeches from prominent individuals including the Government Minister who promised a number of measures to boost the funding for re-use organisations including investigation of financial benefits for councils working with re-use charities, a ministerial letter to local authorities not paying re-use credits and a review of recycling targets to include re-use.

Paul Smith, Chief Executive of the FRN , commented: “Ben Bradshaw’s approach was welcomed by the delegates as he showed that he was prepared to both listen to their concerns and act upon them.

We will be providing him with more detailed information over the next week and hope to see re-use given a strong emphasis in the forthcoming waste strategy,” added Paul.

The FRN has 290 members and is the largest network of third sector organisations involved in waste in the UK . The FRN’s objective is ‘to relieve persons who are in conditions of need, hardship or distress by the provision of facilities, advice and information that will develop, establish and assist furniture recycling charities.”

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