Furniture Choice launches online tool to encourage recycling

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Online furniture retailer, Furniture Choice, has created an online tool which aims to help people recycle unwanted furniture rather than resort to fly-tipping.

On International Recycling Day and following research carried out by the online furniture retailer, Furniture Choice said it found that one in eight (13%) UK residents admit to illegally dumping their unwanted waste.

In light of this research, Furniture Choice said it has set up an online tool which aims to help people recycle their unwanted furniture instead of discarding it illegally. The tool is reported to be populated with over 700 furniture recycling and donation centres across the UK, which helps people identify their nearest location in which to take their old furniture. See link below: http://www.furniturechoice.co.uk/recycling-tool/

According to Furniture Choice, it found that more than a quarter (28%) of those who fly-tip don’t realise they are breaking the law.

The maximum fine for fly-tipping currently stands at £95,000 but the survey found that 82% of UK adults are unaware of any change. Furniture Choice said the possibility of being fined would put off 82% of those polled who currently admit to fly-tipping.

Government figures show cases of fly-tipping have risen by 20% in the past year with nearly two-thirds of these cases involving household waste.

The online furniture retailer reported that the top five reasons for fly-tipping in the UK are:

  1. There is nowhere else to take rubbish (38%)
  2. Unaware it was illegal (28%)
  3. It was the easiest option available (22%)
  4. The cost of disposing properly was too high (16%)
  5. Because they could get away with it (11%)

Tom Obbard, director at Furniture Choice, said: “It’s surprising that there’s been an increase in the number of people dumping waste illegally when the fine for doing so has dramatically increased. We hope that people will now make use of the recycling tool instead of succumbing to illegal dumping.”


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