A prominent charity body has warmly welcomed the Governments new Waste Strategy for
Furniture Re-use Networks chief executive Paul Smith 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.
We look forward to working with DEFRA, WRAP and local authorities in turning the words in the strategy into practical local action.
One of the objectives of the Governments proposals will be to put more emphasis on waste prevention and re-use.
The strategy includes a variety of measures to increase the re-use of goods, which the Government claims 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 into 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.
The Furniture Re-use Network was formed in 1989 and promotes the re-use of unwanted furniture and other items for the alleviation of hardship, distress and poverty.