Severn Vale Housing is supporting the opening of a new Tewkesbury branch of Furniture Recycling Project (FRP). FRP will be opening its doors to the public at 9am on the 1st June 2016.
The housing society has supported FRP by providing £8,000 in funding, which it will see returned with the saving made with furniture and electrical items that are re-usable being collected and refurbished and not going to landfill.
This will be FRP’s third shop. They already have ones in Cheltenham and Gloucester. The shop will operate from a unit on Delta Drive in Newtown, on the edge of Tewkesbury.
FRP will utilise reusable furniture and electrical goods from empty Severn Vale properties. It will then be sold on at low-cost to the community, including Severn Vale customers in social need.
Severn Vale Asset and Commercial Director Mike Craggs said: “We are delighted to be supporting FRP. It makes complete sense for us to work together. Very often empty properties are left with furniture and electrical goods inside, so instead of us using valuable staff time to clear the properties and dispose of it, we can pass on the contents to be reused and sold on to our customers at affordable prices.
“Our staff will actively promote FRP to residents in need and we will take them to the shop to view furniture which might be suitable for them”.
Each year FRP works with more than 11,000 households – those wishing to reuse goods and those in need of the service.
In doing so, in 2014/15 it prevented 320 tonnes of furniture and electrical items going to landfill.
The charity collects useable items directly from the public, free of charge. It has provided more than 4,700 tonnes worth of products to the community since 1996.