The following press release was issued on 20th September 2007:
Councils dump 10 million re-usable items of furniture every year
Over 10 million reusable items of furniture are sent to landfill by local authorities every year - almost 30,000 items every day - revealed a study by The Furniture Re-use Network (FRN) recently.
In a speech to
One of the barriers to re-use is the increasing amount of furniture made from low quality materials that are not robust and therefore have a significantly shorter life. Smith is also calling on the Government to introduce an environmental tax on these goods with the proceeds being used to support re-use and recycling.
“The Government is looking at ways to reduce waste and the production of goods designed to have a short life from non-reusable materials is an environmental disaster. The FRN would like to see producer responsibility extended to these environmentally damaging goods with at least some of the revenue directed towards third sector re-use and recycling activities.”