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Furniture weights licence launched

Reuse operators will have to purchase an annual licence from the Furniture Reuse Network (FRN) to calculate the weights of their products from 1 November.

The product weights protocol (PWP), previously the average weights list, is backed by regulators who will be checking on their use during inspections of reuse and recycling operations.

The list was originally published in 2003 to help charity reuse organisations meet the requirements of their local authorities and the compliance requirements of the WEEE regulations.

Now the PWP is used by a wider variety of organisations, including local authorities and housing associations, so the FRN has had to formalise the arrangement.

Chief executive Craig Anderson said it was the culmination of five months’ work with reuse operators.

“The recognition of the PWP by regulatory bodies, and the work required by us to keep the list updated, has obliged us to formalise the agreement and request a fee paid for usage,” he said.

“The fee will allow the FRN to maintain the PWP to a high standard, and will assist our continued work as a charity to support those living in poverty through the important act of reuse.”

The price for the licence, which allows the use of the PWP for the whole of 2016, will be included in the FRN membership fee or £300 and above for non-members.

Operators are required to complete the PWP expression of interest form.

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