Workshop: Re-using and recycling bulky waste
We are holding a workshop on Tuesday 4 February (09:30 – 16:30) in Birmingham to help stimulate change in bulky waste services. It will bring together local authority, third and private sector staff to learn about latest developments and good practice of household bulky waste services – collections and HWRCs.
Find out more about the event and why you might want to attend.
Research: Openings for increased furniture re-use
WRAP research shows that the biggest potential for re-use lies with sofas, wardrobes and bedframes. Just 17% of the 290,000 tonnes of sofas and upholstered chairs disposed of in one year are re-used. For wardrobes, the re-use figure is only 10% and for bed frames just 7%.
To find out more read our report on mapping supply-to-disposal flows for furniture in the UK. This research follows on from our study into the re-use potential of household bulky waste published in 2012.
Research: Mattress cleaning for re-use
A research project has been carried out to understand the barriers to mattress re-use in the UK and to trial a range of cleaning techniques. It looked at the options for organisations to take on more cleaning of second-hand mattresses with a view to stimulating higher levels of re-use. It covered interviews with key stakeholders, trials and cost-benefit analysis.