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Furniture charities look for funding

Single parents and community groups will be the main beneficiaries if two of London’s key furniture re-use charities gain funding for expansion.

Restore of Tottenham and CRISP of Elephant and Castle have together applied for £125,000 to work in partnership with small businesses in London, re-using unwanted electrical appliances.

If the bids are successful, a new waste minimisation initiative set up by Government, the Business Re-use Fund (BREW) will provide the money to offer a cost effective collection and sorting process, helping businesses with their disposal costs.

Both of the charities are firming up arrangements with retailers and businesses that need solutions to disposing of unwanted appliances.

CRISP will process information and communications technology equipment and restore kitchen appliances in an attempt to meet a need for refurbished goods within community groups or help single parents in need of essential items in the home.

Charity Recycling Network representative Abbey Palmer said: “The initiative is going to encourage business to think more responsibly about their waste and get into the habit of re-use. Reusable appliances go back into the community where they are most needed.”

Another charity, Croydon Appliance Re-use Centre (CARC) did not succeed in its bid for funding, but is still positive about its future work.

CARC project manager Tub Collins said: “This is a severe blow to the Croydon project where we face greater volumes of appliance waste than in any other London borough.

“The amount of waste is predicted to rise by 8% each year. Without BREW funding, the project can still be contacted about business re-use, but businesses will be asked to bare some of the processing costs.”

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