London Re-use Network (LRN) is on target to create 190 new jobs and thousands of apprentice and volunteering places by 2016, having exceeded its reuse and recycling targets by 30%.
A report by the network indicates that 30 full- and part-time jobs were saved or created in the first year of the its operation. In addition, 116 training, volunteering and work placements were created since the official launch in July 2010.
LRN says it will use a £10m investment to create the new jobs, more than 3,000 training and apprenticeship places, over 3,700 volunteering places, and 1,660 work placements by March 2016.
Managing director Charles Craft said: “We’ve surpassed our reuse and recycling targets this year, and the £2m we’ve invested in depots, hubs and shops across the capital has significantly boosted the network’s ability to divert tonnes of re-usable household items away from landfill.
“Not only do these results show that we can deliver top quality re-use services they demonstrate our commitment to bringing real employment and training benefits to Londoners.”
Typical projects include:
- Smuggler’s Way appliance and furniture workshop in Wandsworth which has 15 trainees on-site. The centre takes white goods from LRN’s hotline service. It also collects from the public reuse bay
- Connection Reuse won £300,000 in funding from LRN to open a commercial depot in East London - boosting reuse capacity and handling ability in that part of the capital while supporting the network’s commercial offer
- A £460,000 investment from London Reuse Network means a new centre will open in Greenford in late 2012