Scheme finds new uses for old furniture

Northumberland County Council chief executive Steve Stewart, Julie Parkinson, Daniel Bede O'Connor Founder of WARPit, Gordon Pearson, Paul Smart Chief Executive at Revive.
Northumberland County Council chief executive Steve Stewart, Julie Parkinson, Daniel Bede O'Connor Founder of WARPit, Gordon Pearson, Paul Smart Chief Executive at Revive.
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companies and other businesses in south east Northumberland are being urged to recycle unwanted furniture and equipment.

Warpit, a waste reuse portal, helps offices save money, free up space and reduce their carbon emissions by recycling chairs, desks and other items they no longer need.

Northumberland County Council has signed up to the online portal for a 12-month trial period and reckons that, since February, the initiative has saved it £51,000 and 38,444kg in carbon dioxide emissions.

Daniel O’Connor, boss of the Blaydon-based recycling network, said: “Our aim is that Warpit solves the headaches involved in reusing resources and helps support charitable activities.” Council chief executive Steve Stewart added: “As an environmentally-conscious organisation, we are always looking for innovative methods to enable us to reach our goals.”

The council has set up furniture stores in Morpeth and Ashington to take donations of unwanted items. It is being helped with the scheme by Blyth’s Revive Enterprise.

Paul Smart, chief executive of the social enterprise company, said: “We are working with the council to help with the pilot project’s transport requirements.

“We are able to combine our transportation of furniture and equipment to offices with our existing charitable work involving collection and delivery of low-cost furniture to families on low incomes.”

To join the scheme, contact Paul on 0771 495 0706.