Composition and re-use potential of household bulky furniture in the UK

How many items of furniture disposed of via local authority kerbside bulky waste collections and at Household Waste and Recycling Centres (HWRCs) could be re-used?

The research recorded all bulky waste by analysing call centre logs for bulky waste kerbside collections, compositional analysis of kerbside collected bulky waste for re-use potential, and surveying individuals depositing bulky items at HWRC’s.

How much could be re-used?

Over 20% of the furniture collected at the kerbside was assessed as being re-usable in its current condition with a further 25% assessed as re-usable with slight repair.

Just under 50% of the furniture collected at HWRCs was assessed as re-usable in its current condition or with slight repair. It is estimated that approximately 110,000 tonnes of furniture at HWRCs is re-usable in its current condition.

The figures are for the whole of the UK in 2010/11.

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