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‘We have recycled over 250,000 items of furniture!’

A Gloucestershire recycling business is celebrating a major landmark.

FRP (formerly known as the Furniture Recycling Project) a Gloucestershire wide reuse charity has reached a landmark figure in reuse.

The FRP has now supplied over 250,000 items since its formation in August 1996.

In the last year alone, close to 4,400 properties benefitted from over 16,000 re-use items, whilst 3,800 household accessed the free collection service.

In achieving this remarkable figure FRP has diverted in excess of 5,300 tonnes of reusable product that would otherwise have been destined for the landfill; equivalent weight of 891 male African Elephants.

Ian Ellis, CEO of FRP, said: "I am extremely proud of everyone who is or has been involved in the work of FRP; thanks must also be given to those who have supported us.

"Starting off in an old warehouse in the docks and what is now our workshop in Gloucester, we now have shops in Gloucester, Cheltenham and Tewkesbury which has improved access for our customers and enabling us to reach a wider audience.

"During this period we have supplied over 29,000 beds, 1,900 washing machines and even 31,000 pieces of upholstery.

"When we look back, it brings it into context what an amazing job both staff and volunteers have and continue to do in Creating a Better Community.

"All of us at FRP want to help our community; providing a bed to a young child or a washing machine which removes the need for someone to use a laundrette is not something I expected to be doing many years ago, but when we are able to improve the lives of an individual or family, it is very satisfying."

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