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.
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.”