Surrey re-use case study

3rd February 2015

Increasing re-use by combining resources.

How the Surrey Reuse Network enables its members to make a bigger impact on waste than they could do alone.

Diversion to re-use is up by 22% and recycling by 100% compared to 2011-12
Re-use shop leased to Network has turnover of £30k+ in first six months
Assisting over 5,000 low-income households, and offering volunteering/work-based training opportunities to 400 people a year

Since receiving the backing from Surrey County Council as part of its resource-led waste strategy, the Surrey Reuse Network has gone from strength to strength.

As a co-ordinated network, it is able to share resources and win large-scale local authority contracts for bulky waste collection.  It is also now the primary supplier of goods to Surrey's Local Assistance Scheme, the new crisis fund for people in real hardship, and making a sizeable contribution to the Council's target of diverting 2,000 tonnes of furniture and white goods from landfill through re-use in the community.

Each of the individual Furniture Re-use Organisations involved has seen their own returns increase, meaning they can help more people in need.