A scheme to recycle unwanted furniture and sell it on for charity was launched by Wokingham Borough Council and Age Concern Slough and East Berkshire this week.
The scheme collects unwanted furniture that is in a saleable condition from homes and business around the borough and offers it for resale at reasonable prices from the new Furniture and Electrical Depot in Wharfdale Road, IQ Winnersh, which has kindly been provided by landowner Segro.
Tracy Morgan, chief executive of Age Concern Slough and East Berkshire said: "I am delighted to be working with Wokingham Borough Council on this innovative project, which not only provides low cost good quality furniture for local people but helps the environment by reducing landfill and also helps older people."
This project will bring many benefits to the community. It is environmentally-friendly, as some of the recycled furniture would otherwise have ended up in landfill; it will provide reasonable priced furniture to all customers and discounted furniture to those who really need.
Wokingham Borough Mayor Cllr Bob Wyatt was at the launch on Monday, July 16. He said: "The beauty of this scheme is that so many different people will be able to benefit from it. I can imagine young people coming to the depot to kit out their first home with affordable furniture as well as older people looking for good quality at a reasonable price. And people who may be in more difficult circumstances may be able to benefit from the discounts. There are also obvious benefits for people who need to clear properties and there is also the benefit to the environment that recycling always brings. I am delighted we are working with Age Concern Slough and East Berkshire on this and wish the project every success."
Anybody wanting to donate furniture can call the scheme on (0118) 327 1329.