Furniture Recycling Project looks to clean up with white goods scheme
OLD washing machines and cookers are often dumped at the tip, but Gloucestershire Furniture Recycling Project (FRP) is looking to intercept them.
The project, which has shops in both Gloucester and Cheltenham, is appealing to people looking to get rid of their white goods to spare them a thought.
The objective of the project is to encourage the recycling of furniture and household items to disadvantaged groups. They also offer volunteer opportunities to those looking to gain work experience.
Ian Ellis, chief executive of the FRP, said: "So many people are living without a washing machine and without a cooker, you would be amazed.
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"And also, so many people just dump their white goods at the tip whenever they get a new one. And these are just going to waste.
"We want to get hold of these and bring them up to scratch before selling them on at a super cheap price."
He added: "It is a win-win situation.
"Goods that would go to landfill are recycled, we get to train people in new skills when refurbishing them, and ultimately people who don't have these goods end up having their own washing machine or cooker."
The FRP supply an average of 12,000 items of furniture and electrical items to the disadvantaged every year.
They also provide accredited training opportunities to learners in the 16 to 18 age group.
Gloucester MP Richard Graham, who showed parliamentary under secretary at DEFRA Lord De Mauley around the Gloucester FRP on Monday, said: "They are doing some great stuff there and they are looking to do more.
"This sounds like a really promising initiative and it is one that I support fully."
Those who would like to donate their white goods to the FRP can call the Gloucester shop on 01452 302303 or the Cheltenham shop on 01242 220296.