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Olympic reuse deal

An estimated 80 tonnes of nearly new household supplies used for the Olympic and Paralympic Games are to be passed on to charitable causes by the London Re-Use Network.

More than 7,000 items, including bedding, crockery and kitchen utensils, will be collected from student accommodation used by officials and journalists over the summer. The operation is expected to take two-and-a-half days and will be co-ordinated by the network.

The items will be donated to a wide range of causes, including the City YMCA, which houses young people at risk of homelessness. Needy families, community groups and prison leavers will also benefit. Cancer Research UK will be given 10% of the items to sell on and raise funds.

The deal was brokered by student accommodation provider Unite, which had a contract with the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games to house more than 3,000 people in 13 student halls over the summer.

London Re-Use Network managing director Charles Craft said: “Reusing perfectly good household items contributes to the 2012 London Games’ green legacy. The bedding, crockery and kitchen utensils donated by Unite will give much needed support to worthwhile and needy causes.”

Unite operations manager Alan Blackmore added: “We had no intention of letting such a huge number of almost-new home wares be thrown out. London Re-Use’s credentials in supporting excellent local causes by providing unwanted household items made htem the obvious choice for us to work with.”

The London Re-Use Network was launched in 2010 by the London Community Resource Network.

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