David Ryan, Brendan Fanning and Janine Hart from the Furniture Recycling Team
WASTE NOT WANT NOT:
THE FURNITURE RECYCLING SCHEME HELPING PEOPLE AND THE PLANET
Two year ago, we launched our pioneering furniture recycling scheme in a bid to make better use of our customers’ unwanted furniture and household items.
Since then, we’ve successfully diverted more than 180 tonnes of furniture away from landfill sites, reduced fly-tipping on the streets of Salford, and helped hundreds of people get back on their feet.
We caught up with our recycling co-ordinator Janine Hart to find out more.
The eco-friendly scheme works by recycling unwanted furniture, household items and white goods and then giving it away for free to tenants who need it most.
The furniture is either donated by customers or has been left behind when a resident moves out of their home. If it’s good quality and fit for use, it’s collected by our team - saving it from being dumped in landfill sites.
Thanks to a warehouse full of furniture, our recycling coordinator Janine and her team of recycling operatives - Dave Ryan, Brendan Fanning and Aaron Brown - have seen more than 1,800 items come through the warehouse doors since the scheme launched.
Janine explained: “People who are struggling can come down to our warehouse and pick what they need to help make their house into a home. This includes people that have fallen on hard times, refugees and women escaping domestic violence.
“I’m really proud of the work our team is doing as it enables people with nothing to start to build a safe and happy home environment.” The scheme accepts a wide variety of furniture including sofas, wardrobes, beds, white goods, and even smaller items like ornaments and mirrors.
“I’m really proud of the work our team is doing as it enables people with nothing to start to build a safe and happy home environment.”
The scheme accepts a wide variety of furniture including sofas, wardrobes, beds, white goods, and even smaller items like ornaments and mirrors.
WE'VE DIVERTED MORE THAN 180 TONNES OF FURNITURE AWAY FROM LANDFILL SITES
Any mattresses and sofas need to have their fire safety label still attached.
Janine added: “We’re always on the lookout for new items to add to our warehouse. If you’ve got any household items that you no longer want, you may be able to donate it to our recycling scheme. You’ll not only be helping the planet, but also people who may be struggling.
” Such is the project’s success, we’re now looking expand it across Salford and open it up to the wider community. Other housing providers across the country are also following our lead and setting up similar initiatives in their communities.
Maria Lester, our environmental services manager, added: “Previously, it was standard practice to just throw anything left behind away, but we thought it was a real shame to see perfectly good items just go to landfill.
“Not only was it wasteful, but it was also costing the organisation a lot of money in tipping costs and we’ve now saved £35,000 through repurposing this furniture, which is money that can be better spent on our homes and communities.
“We’ve even had other housing providers come and visit to learn how the scheme works, so we’re hoping more providers will start to do their bit to support both people and the planet in this way.”