Electrical Appliance Reuse Center Opens
May 18, 2004
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An electrical appliance reuse center funded with lottery money has been opened in Kidderminster, England.

Run by community group The Network (Worcestershire, England), the center received a £295,820 grant (approx. U.S. $523,280) from the Community Recycling and Economic Development (CRED) Programme.

The Electrical Appliance Reuse Centre will collect old items from households across Worcestershire and take them to their depot for refurbishment and resale to people in need.

"We are delighted to be able to provide a service that is not only good for our local communities, but also for our environment," Ellen Green, CEO of The Network, said. "The specialist recycling center means that we can provide good quality low cost items to people in need as well as reducing the amount of items needlessly going into landfill."

The scheme ran on a pilot basis for 6 months last year using a grant from DEFRA, but the CRED grant will now cover its running costs until December 2006. Managed by the Royal Society for Nature Conservation, the CRED program has received £35.2 million (approx. $42.2 million) from the Lottery's New Opportunities Fund for community waste projects.

"The center is an excellent use of Lottery money – helping to promote recycling, reduce waste and develop sustainable communities," John Taylor, West Midlands regional manager for the New Opportunities Fund which runs CRED.

The center has been working with the Furniture Recycling Network in order to prepare for the Waste and Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive.

"We are linking up with the FRN nationally and we are part of the overall scheme they are looking at," Ms. Green said. "We were one of the first projects to use their 'Fit for Re-use' manual and get it up and running, working from scratch." (LetsRecycle.com)

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