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Re-use Counts

The following press release was issued on 25th May 2007:

 Charity body welcomes waste strategy for England

The Furniture Re-use Network has warmly welcomed the Government’s new Waste Strategy for England.  The top objective states that the Government will “put more emphasis on waste prevention and re-use”.

 The strategy includes a number of measures to increase the re-use of goods, which is environmentally more beneficial than recycling.  These measures include: counting re-use within local authority recycling targets and an emphasis on re-use within household bulky waste services.

 Approaches are also being put in place to support an expanded role for the third sector in the delivery of public sector waste services, especially in relation to including social clauses in contracts.

 Paul Smith, Chief Executive of the Furniture Re-use Network, said “We are delighted that DEFRA has listened to the representations we have made over the last year.  We believe that the third sector is ready to take on an expanded role in delivering high quality, customer focused services which maximise re-use and will also play a significant role in reducing poverty and social exclusion.”

 He added “We look forward to working with DEFRA, WRAP and local authorities in turning the words in the strategy into practical local action”.

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