Today, Viridor and Reuse Network have unveiled a new partnership with the aim of growing the UK reuse sector and extending its environmental and social benefits.
In support of Reuse Network, Viridor has announced a £50,000 pledge to support the charity and its network of reuse charities and social enterprise members.
The donation, says Viridor, will help fund a nationally recognized training and qualification scheme, supporting the training of ‘professional repairers’, in line with the UK government’s new ‘right to repair’ regulations. . Reuse Network will work with manufacturers, major retailers and several colleges to establish the new program.
The new partnership, say Viridor and Reuse Network, will raise awareness of reuse and its importance in a circular economy, as well as support new opportunities for reuse in the commercial sector. The partnership also hopes to divert items sent to landfill.
Last year, the reuse sector as a whole reused 1.5 million pieces of furniture and electrical items, helping 652,098 households save £188.5 million compared to buying these items new . This, Veolia points out, avoided the waste of 50,574 tons of products, saving 54,355 tons of CO2 emissions.
The announcement of Viridor and Reuse Network comes on Earth Day 2022. This year’s theme is “Investing in our planet” and follows the recent report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) who said it was “now or never” in the fight against the climate emergency.
Craig Anderson, Managing Director of the Reuse Network, said, “Developing the reuse industry requires partnership, and we are excited to work with Viridor to form one team to bring real change to the local communities we serve. live.
“Seeing how strategically aligned Reuse Network and Viridor are, we didn’t think about this partnership. Viridor’s investment in the network will support our charity and network of charity members, to help even more people access the affordable items they need to build a sustainable home.
“As collective awareness of our environmental impact grows, communities are looking for ways to take action and become more sustainable. There are simple steps we can all take to reduce our carbon footprint and stop our demand on the Earth’s resources.
“For us at the Reuse Network, prioritizing reused or second-hand goods over new is an obvious choice. By extending the life of products and giving them a second life through reuse, we can significantly reduce the need for new products and thus prevent and reduce harmful CO2 emissions into the atmosphere.
Edita Adamcikova, ESG Manager at Viridor, added: “We are delighted to support the work of the Reuse Network and to work together to raise awareness of the importance and benefits of reuse in communities across the UK.
“Building a world where nothing goes to waste is at the heart of everything we do and reuse is one of the essential elements to achieving this goal, helping to create thriving, carbon-neutral communities. Always think twice when you’re about to throw something away – you never know, someone else might need it right now.”