Furniture re-use tackles poverty; BPF recycling expansion; Waste house shortlisted; Mobile waste service app launched
Furniture scheme helps ‘poverty alleviation’
Commercial partnerships with the Furniture Re-use Network (FRN) have supplied around 78,000 “quality, reusable items” to people living in poverty in 2014/15.
A report launched at the RWM exhibition examined the impact of more than 20 FRN partnerships.
FRN chief executive Craig Anderson said: “We need to connect and direct the vision and ideas of the theorists to the reality of the actions of practitioners in local communities. Through our FRN take-back schemes, we have found corporate retailers looking to reduce their waste and have married this with the reuse sector’s growing demands of meeting the needs of their communities.”
More than two-thirds of plastic recycling carried out by BPF members
The British Plastics Federation’s annual survey has revealed a large increase in recycling activity by members of its recycling group.
In 2013, the group increased the amount of used plastics handled by 150,000 tonnes over 2011, to 660,000 tonnes.
Group chairman Roger Baynham said: “Challenging recycling targets which favour quantity over quality, and a flawed Packaging Recovery Note system, are still some of the key issues facing the industry.
“In addition, exports markets are now feeling the pressure, too, with a challenging Chinese market and devaluated currency, which calls for a more resilient UK reprocessing sector.”
House made from waste shortlisted for prize
The Waste House in Brighton has been shortlisted for the Royal Institute of British Architects’ Stephen Lawrence Prize.
The building is a Brighton University project, and has been described as Europe’s first permanent building made almost entirely from rubbish.
Waste operators mobile app
A waste and recycling software specialist company has launched an Android app that allows waste management firms to gain a realtime overview of their services.
AMCS’s mobile app includes rea-time service validation, exception reporting and the app’s signature and photo capture capability.
AMCS product director Eamon Hynes said: “The launch of AMCS Mobile brings the ease of use and access to rea time data, which we are all familiar with in other areas of our lives, to the waste and recycling sector.”