FRN has read and reviewed the Reuse Standards work released yesterday by WRAP with dismay and disappointment, finding it lacking in content and scope of risks, liabilities or application. The Furniture Re-use Network suggests such a poor standard would be devastating for the future of the reuse sector due to its very basic requirements leading to poor performance and expectation.
Craig Anderson of the Furniture Re-use Network said that “This is a poor standard, devoid of content, with little to no evidence of utilising the knowledge, experience and expertise of the reuse sector operators or the logistical and retail sectors. This appears driven purely by waste legislation with a complete lack of reference to operational risks and management requirements that are commonly found in a distribution and retail environment; it should be remembered that reuse is for consumers in the main with waste only being the source of product in some circumstances.”
Mr Anderson, the CEO of FRN went on to say “In our opinion the documents published are little more than a scoping study, at best a description and flow diagram of a simplified reuse method statement. To adopt this as a standard without fully embracing the intricacies and details of a reuse operation would harm the sector and give no confidence or assurance to the consumer, discarder or contractor. It is telling that, as quoted, neither WRAP nor the authors accept any liability whatsoever for any loss or damage caused, arising directly or indirectly, in connection with reliance on its contents.”
FRN is extremely concerned that such a light-touch standard and the proposed branding to accompany it will give reuse consumers an impression of product quality that will prove lacking and potentially dangerous which will in turn be disastrous for a sector with such a long and worthy history.
FRN will make a fuller response to the consultation in the coming months.