Surrey County Council, Waste

Discarded sofas and beds would cover the width of Surrey

An estimated 30,000 sofas and beds that could have been reused were thrown away in Surrey last year – enough to stretch across the width of the county if they were laid end to end.

The amount of potentially reusable sofas and beds that could have been rehomed would have stretched around 36 miles, more than the distance across the county, from the border at Aldershot to Oxted.

To help change that Surrey County Council is supporting the Surrey Reuse Network (SRN), which is made up of a group of local charities. 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.

Every year the network helps thousands of households to furnish their homes at affordable prices and stop the items being wasted.

John Furey, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment, said: “These are difficult economic times so good quality reusable furniture items are a great option for giving the home a facelift and benefitting the environment too.”

Alex Green, SRN spokesman said: “Wasting less and reusing more helps raise funds for the community work the seven charities carry out. We offer employment, training and volunteering opportunities, providing an important service to local people.”

To buy or donate furniture call 0800 082 0180 or visit www.surreyreusenetwork.org.uk.

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