There has been a drop in donations to Glasgow Furniture Initiative
Furniture donations to charities have fallen sharply during the recession despite an expected upturn in demand, new figures have shown. Statistics from the Community Recycling Network for Scotland (CRNS) show a 43% drop in goods donated in the past year.At the same time, almost three-quarters of councils are predicting homelessness applications will increase as a result of the economic downturn.CRNS and Waste Aware Scotland have launched a campaign to boost donations.The Glasgow pilot will being led by Glasgow Furniture Initiative and Spruce Carpets.
Robert Montgomery, from Glasgow Furniture Initiative said: “In the last six months we have suffered a dramatic downturn in the donations of furniture, household goods and white goods.”This meets with a substantial increase of the demands for our organisation. We are aware that finances are particularly tight just now, however the statistics have proven that there are still unwanted goods out there.”We really need the great Glasgow public to search their lofts, check their garages and indeed when they buy new goods please call us with their old ones. There are real people out there with real issues and require immediate assistance.”Ylva Haglund of Waste Aware Scotland said: “Thousands of reusable items still end up in landfill sites, when there are community projects which could make good use of them.”That really is a massive waste. By raising awareness of furniture projects we hope more people will choose to reuse.”
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