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Furniture Reuse Network slams WRAP's draft reuse standard

The Furniture Reuse Network (FRN) has expressed disappointment at the draft reuse standards submitted for public consultation by WRAP.

WRAP launched a consultation on quality requirements for reuse items and procedures on 2 September.

FRN described the proposed standards as “poor” and “light-touch” and expressed concerns that they could decrease consumer confidence and endanger the expansion of the sector.

Chris Anderson

Craig Anderson, FRN’s chief executive (left), said: “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.”

He added that the standards seemed focused mainly on the waste aspect of reuse and lacked of any reference to operational risks and management requirements that are commonly found in the 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,” said Anderson.

“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.”

A spokesperson for WRAP said: “As part of the consultation process WRAP is encouraging feedback on the standard from all types of organisations and businesses in the reuse sector.

“WRAP is hoping to get plenty of comments and will be assessing them all, FRN’s included, when the consultation closes in November.”

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