Furniture Donation Network’s parent company- Recycling Lives- has scooped a second Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Sustainable Development.
Recycling Lives first won the prestigious award in 2010, presented by the Lord-Lieutenant of Lancashire, Lord Shuttleworth, who went on to become patron of the Recycling Lives charity. In April 2014, Recycling Lives received the award for the second time. On this occasion, it was the company’s innovative Flat Panel Display recycling and employment project at HMP Kirkham that impressed the judging panel.
The project at HMP Kirkham involves a dedicated recycling centre at the prison, where offenders can build skills and work experience dismantling FPD units. Upon release, ex-offenders may be offered a place in Recycling Lives’ charity residential scheme, providing accommodation, education, training and work experience as part of a Personal Development Plan towards employment and independent living. There is even the possibility of full time employment with Recycling Lives. Employment is widely recognised as the primary factor in preventing re-offending.
Read more about the award in Recycling Lives’ official Queen’s Award 2014 press release.
Furniture Donation Network helps to support the Recycling Lives charity, in addition to driving sustainability through encouraging reuse of furniture and white goods. As a Community Dotcom- a network of waste collection services operated by Recycling Lives- 100% of revenue from Furniture Donation Network goes to support the award-winning charity.
Furniture Donation Network is a charity operated collection service. Working with collection partners and local authorities across the UK, we collect good quality items from householders for refurbishing and resale to low income families. As well as diverting these items away from landfill, Furniture Donation Network provides quality items for resale to those who cannot afford to buy new.
Furniture Donation Network can only collect items that are in new or nearly-new condition, as broken or worn items are often difficult for our collection partners to generate revenue from. Instead, they can be collected by our sister service, Bulky Waste. The Bulky Waste service collects bulky items- such as furniture and white goods- regardless of condition. All items will either be reused or, if not possible, recycled.