Charity nets free furniture

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A SOUTH Yorkshire charity is furnishing its offices for free thanks to a match making website and Sheffield Chamber of Commerce.

BTCV is an international volunteering organisation which supports conservation initiatives in the UK and elsewhere.

It contacted voluntary organisation Why Waste when it was looking to replace some of its office furniture and used the organisation’s website - www.whywaste.org.uk - to discover that Sheffield Chamber wanted a good home for some surplus office furniture which was in good condition.

Dumping what amounted to 2.2 tonnes of waste furniture would have cost the Chamber £700.

Colleen Ward, from the Chamber, said: “BTCV offered to take virtually all of the items, saving us money and saving the environment. Without Why Waste we would have had a difficult time getting the office cleared.”

Thanks to Why Waste, BTCV was also able to find a recycler that would take their waste paper and card away for free, saving the charity £300 a year.

Why Waste’s services are free and funded by CO2Sense, the European Regional Development Fund-backed organisation which helps businesses to reduce their carbon emissions and grow.

In 2010, Why Waste diverted 4000 tonnes of waste from landfill, and helped community groups, charities and businesses find low cost furniture, clothing and raw materials.