donate old furniture
Saves over 125,600 tonnes of CO²
Supports around 14,200 volunteers
Provides training to around 35,350 trainees
Helps around 1.5 million low income households
Diverts 117,450 tonnes of waste from landfill
Reuses 3.45 million items of furniture and electrical equipment
Saves low income households £436 million on essential goods
The Furniture Re-use Network’s projects activities:
Product Weight Protocol 2016
The FRN Product Weight Protocol (PWP), formally known as the FRN Average Weights List, requires the purchase of an annual licence from the FRN. The licence is agreed with and recognised by UK regulators who will be checking PWP licences whilst carrying out their inspections on UK reuse and recycling operations.
Value Derived from Re-use in the UK
Identifying some of the social and environmental benefits created by the charitable re-use sector. Addressing the need for an increased recognition of this value and the need for further collaboration with public and private organisations.
Retailers, Manufacturers and Other Commercial Partners
As part of our work to ensure that there are enough items beings donated and re-used to help people in need across the UK, we work directly with major retailers and manufacturers and other commercial partners.
Government Departments on Policy and Regulations
We must ensure that our charitable work is encouraged and supported by the UK Government. The Furniture Re-use Network works with many Government Departments to ensure policy, practice and public services support the re-use of furniture and electrical appliances for social, economic and environmental benefit.
Social Landlords on Housing, Sustainable Tenancies and Welfare Reform
We work with social housing providers to support their tenants to furnish their homes. Our work with the social housing sector is in response to serious financial and social exclusion issues, and welfare reform impacts.
Local Authorities on Services and Issues in Local Communities
Local Authorities are responsible for various local services that impact upon re-use of unwanted furniture. They collect bulky waste that should be re-used and not dumped as waste; they must support people on low incomes who are in need or in crisis; they must drive local economic development. FRN works with re-use charities at a local level to ensure that Local Authorities understand the social, environmental and economic value of re-use within their communities.