The following press release was issued in January 2007
GUIDE TO RE-USE CREDITS LAUNCHED
A briefing paper for local authorities on how to set up a re-use credits system has been issued by LARAC, the FRN and WRAP.
Further to the Government-issued Guidance on re-use credits in April 2006, the briefing paper aims to simplify this and provide a practical guide for local authorities and their voluntary sector partners, mainly furniture re-use charities, to ensure that a credits system is properly set up.
Caroline Lee-Smith, Development Officer at the FRN explains: “I receive numerous requests from local authorities for advice on how to set up re-use credits, as furniture re-use organisations tend to be the major recipients of these credits. We wrote this guide to set out current best practice. It includes generic forms for local use to make the process as simple as possible.”
In addition to the 85,000 tonnes that furniture re-use charities currently divert from disposal, there are an estimated additional 250,000 tonnes of furniture and white goods disposed of each year in the UK which could be re-used. LARAC (Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee) and WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme) have both lent their support to the development of the briefing paper in recognition of the important role re-use has in the waste hierarchy. To date, 17 local authorities have already set up re-use credits to encourage the diversion of bulky items from disposal and support the community sector, and 12 more are currently considering it.
Stuart Hammond, Waste Policy & Recycling Manager at Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, one council which already has a credits system in place, sees the benefits:
“As grant and statutory funding sources dry up, re-use credits can help support local social enterprises and ensure that items that would previously have gone to landfill are re-used for the benefit of the local community. In addition to protecting the environment and the demand on natural resources, this type of measure provides more immediate benefits to local people and can save the local authority money.”
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