The Furniture Reuse Network (FRN) has called for charities to be exempt from disposal charges on items they have taken from the household waste stream.
Craig Anderson FRN
Chief executive Craig Anderson told MRW that about 10% of sofas picked up by the organisation’s members are unable to be reused for reasons such as not having flame-retardant labels.
While charities were previously able to dispose of the non-reusable sofas free of charge, they now have to pay.
The European Parliament is currently considering proposals from its environment committee for mandatory reuse targets of 5% by 2030.
If this is adopted, the Government may have a renewed interest in encouraging reuse from the municipal stream, and Anderson said this will require a rethink in legislation.
He said: “If they want to take more, they are going to have to reduce the financial burden they are placing on charities, which are reducing the waste stream all the time.
”That’s a big issue and campaign that we are looking at. If they want us to do more, they are going to have to put less financial restrictions on our sector.
”The Government has been after our stats for a long time, so this gives them the metric and the opportunity to do so. Perhaps we will hear a bit more from Defra again.”
- For further analysis of the environment committee’s recommendations, see the March issue of MRW