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Green-works sign massive furniture recycling deal

Charity organisation Green-works has teamed up with Barclays Bank to sign one of the biggest corporate furniture-recycling contract in British history.

The deal will save 2,500 tonnes of office furniture from landfill, providing it at a low-cost to charities, schools and community groups.

With Barclays moving to its new global offices at Canary Wharf, furniture from the old offices will be picked up by the not for profit organisation.

Barclays' consumer and community affairs director Martin Mosley said: "We were looking for new ways to deal with the furniture, rather than simply sending it to landfill. We contacted Green-works, which though only a relatively young organisation, has proven its ability to take on big jobs like this."

The deal has enabled Green-works to open a new 32,000 square feet warehouse in Wembley and to create training and employment opportunities in the area.

Green-works chief executive Colin Crooks said: "With Barclays support we've been able to take out a 10 year lease, created 12 new jobs and already assisted hundreds of charities, schools, community groups and even start-ups to get low-cost furniture. More importantly it has put us on a more sustainable footing overall and means we can provide a long term resource to London and beyond."

The company recently celebrated its fifth birthday, with turnover rising massively from £2,000 in 2001 to an estimated £2,200,000 for 2006.

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