Saving waste and money with Furniture Now!
Wealden District Council are teaming up with local charity Furniture Now! to offer an alternative solution to bulky waste collections.
Furniture Now! operate centres covering the Wealden district in Hailsham, Eastbourne and Lewes. Household furniture and electrical items can be expensive to buy, so Furniture Now! provide all donated items they collect at a discounted rate to people who need them. This includes people who qualify for welfare assistance, students, and those earning less than £17,000 per year.
Many bulky items the Council is called to collect and dispose of are in good condition and can be reused. Now when people call the Council to arrange a bulky waste collection, they will be asked if their item is in good enough condition to donate to Furniture Now! Wealden’s contact centre staff will then provide contact details for the charity to arrange a free collection. The Wealden website has more information on both services. Residents can also book a free collection with Furniture Now! using their own website – www.nowcharity.org.uk/donatehouseholditems
Items collected by Furniture Now! include:
- Bedroom furniture including beds, wardrobes and mattresses (with fire safety labels)
- Household furniture including chairs, dining tables and sofas (with fire safety labels)
- White goods such as fridge freezers, washing machines and tumble dryers
- Small electrical items such as lamps, toasters, kettles and audio equipment
Councillor Roy Galley, Cabinet Member for Waste and Recycling, said:
“We’re very pleased to be working with Furniture Now! Not only is this service cheaper for our residents, saving them the minimum charge of £55 for a bulky waste collection, but it’s better for the environment and helps those people who are unable to afford such items from brand new. We’re also thrilled to lend our support to the dedicated hard work of a local charity benefiting the Wealden community.”
Michael Ryan, Chief Executive Officer of the Now! Charity Group Ltd said:
“In the UK, 10 million household items are sent to landfill every year, with 3 million of these items found to be in an immediately reusable state. We are delighted to build on our excellent relationship with Wealden District Council by developing a localised culture of sustainable living. We are committed to driving an innovative green partnership, which will not only benefit Wealden residents, but the environment too. Our recycling work in 2019 has reduced East Sussex’s carbon footprint by saving 135,306KG of CO2 emissions.”