Environment minister Lord Taylor has hosted the first Reuse Forum, which attracted a wide range of companies and organisations across the sector.
The forum was set up following indications from the Waste Review that there were barriers to the reuse of second-hand goods.
These included access to repair and reuse services, lack of storage for charities and confusion over how safety considerations and other regulations may restrict reuse of certain items.
Lord Taylor said: “People want to do the right thing and not see items that are still useful go to waste. There are many groups such as local authorities
And charities who are already putting these items to good use.
“We want to see even more jobs and training opportunities become available in the re-use and repair sector - which is why we are bringing together people with an interest in sorting out barriers between people who have items for reuse, and those who want them.”
Those attending the forum included:
Any Junk, Bag2school/Bag2thefuture, Bellenden/Bond Group, British Heart Foundation, Charity Retail Association, CIWM, Community RePaint, CREATE UK, Currys, Dorset Waste Partnership, Eastex, Environcom, Environment Agency, Environmental Services Agency, ERP UK Ltd, Fareshare, Freegle, Friends of the Earth, Furniture Matters, Furniture Reuse Network, IKEA, LARAC, London Community Reuse Network (LCRN), London Reuse Ltd, Marks & Spencers, National Community Wood Recycling Project, PREEN, Realliance, Recycling Lives, Resourcefutures, Rural Kent, Salvation Army, Salvo Reuse, Terry Maguire, Textile Recycling Association (TRA), The European Recycling Company Ltd, The European Recycling Company Ltd, The Social Marketing Practice, Veolia, Waste Watch, WRAP along with various local authorities.