Council encourages social enterprises to sign up for recycled furniture

Published : 03/12/2013 00:00

Council encourages social enterprises to sign up for recycled furniture

Leeds City Council is calling on social enterprises to sign up to receive some of the office furniture that the council no longer has a use for.
 
Over the last two years the council has recycled well over 3500 pieces of furniture, some of the pieces have been reused by council services, but others have been offered to social enterprises such as Rework.
 
Anything from desks to filing cabinets or chairs can be recycled, with the aim of nothing going to landfill.
The council is now looking to put together a list of social enterprises that could benefit from the scheme, and would like any enterprise interested to email facilitiesmanagement@leeds.gov.uk for more information and to express an interest.

Councillor Peter Gruen, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for neighbourhoods, planning and support services said:
 
“As with any large organisation we wish to re-use or recycle any unused furniture wherever possible – be this within the council or through partnerships with social enterprises.
 
“Recently, as part of our changing the workplace programme we have been moving staff to different offices to better make use of our city centre buildings and new ways of working. Therefore, there has been a surplus of furniture that we have been able to recycle, some of which has been donated to Rework.
 
“I would encourage any social enterprise who is interested in recycled office furniture to get in touch with the council to make sure they can benefit from this scheme.”

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