A Salford landlord has launched a scheme to recycle unwanted furniture so that it can be given to residents who need it most.
Salix Homes launched the scheme in the summer and so far over 200 items have either been donated or left behind when tenants move out. Items include sofas, wardrobes, beds, white goods, and even smaller items like ornaments and mirrors that would otherwise have ended up in landfill.
“Furnishing a home from scratch can be very expensive and some of our tenants aren’t in the position to buy everything new,” said Maria Lester, the housing association’s environmental services manager.
“Thanks to this scheme, people who are struggling can come down to our warehouse and pick what they need to help make their house into a home.
“We’re really proud of this new scheme which is not only helping people who need it most, but we’re also saving tonnes of good quality furniture from being dumped in our communities or sent to landfill sites.
“Fly-tipping is a real issue in Salford and we hope this new recycling scheme will help reduce the amount of furniture dumped in our streets and communities.”
Meanwhile, with the national campaign Recycle Week currently underway (September 23 – 29) to encourage people to recycle more, Salix Homes is calling for more residents to donate and recycle furniture to help others.
Maria added: “We all have a duty to do our bit to help the environment and Recycle Week is the perfect opportunity to consider the impact our actions have on our planet and think about what changes we can make, however small,” Lester added.
“If you have any items of furniture that still has plenty of life left in it, we’d urge you to donate it to this fantastic cause where you’ll not only be helping the planet, but people living in poverty too.”
The scheme is only currently available for Salix Homes tenants.
Main Image: Salix Homes’ Aaron Brown, Janine Hart and David Ryan with some of the furniture that’s been diverted away from landfill sites