An Edwardian nursing chair, a Georgian great grandfather clock and an Art Deco bedroom suite are examples of great finds at Surrey’s furniture reuse showrooms.
Donations of unwanted items such as these to the Surrey Reuse Network* helped around 2,225 households furnish their homes for less, between April to September last year, according to research carried out by Surrey County Council**
This helped to stop some of the 3,000 tonnes of reusable furniture and white goods that get thrown away in Surrey every year ending up in landfill.
Ian Lake, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment, said: “These are difficult financial times so good quality furniture and kitchen appliances, which some people would consider throwing away, can make a huge difference to people who are looking to buy something for their home. Reusing also benefits the environment.”
Now in its second year, Surrey Reuse Network, which is made up of a group of six local charities, helps hundreds of households every year to furnish their homes at affordable prices.
Chris Robins, manager of the Woking reuse centre, explained: “Wasting less and reusing more helps raise funds for the community work the six charities carry out. We offer employment, training and volunteering opportunities, providing an important service to local people.”
For further information contact please contact William East at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 020 8541 7739 or Pat Hindley at email@example.com or on 020 8541 8798 in the Surrey County Council Communications department.
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* Surrey County Council is continuing to work with the Surrey Reuse Network. It aims to find new homes for donated furniture and kitchen appliances, as well as offering training and employment opportunities and helping local families in need.
** Surrey Reuse Network Progress report 2011/12 – Quarters one and two.
To buy or donate furniture call 0800 082 0180 or visit www.surreyreusenetwork.org.uk.