Furthering its ongoing pledge to support the End Furniture Poverty charity, Bulky Bob’s, Fresh Start Waste has joined forces once again with the charity to ensure items of reusable furniture from Vita Student Liverpool are given a second lease of life.

Recycling furniture by breaking it down into core materials is often the best approach to discarded furniture which has come to the end of its usable life. However, some furniture items that are discarded by accommodation providers are often fit for reuse by some of society’s most vulnerable, who are living in furniture poverty.

Located on Crosshall Street, a short walk to the Universities and the city centre, Vita Student Liverpool provides the world’s best student living experience in the city. Vita Student is constantly looking for ways to reduce its impact on the environment and its valuable resources. Fresh Start – who is always looking for ways to move customers higher up the waste hierarchy to waste reduction and reuse – organised the removal of mattresses, fridges, microwaves, TVs, kettles and toasters for Bulky Bob’s to process, check, clean and get to those people within the city living in furniture poverty, as Ending Furniture Poverty is their mission.

As an example, there are over 7 million mattresses thrown away each year, and 20 million people living without sufficient income to afford essential furniture items like beds, including over 400,000 children without a bed in the UK, Bulky Bob’s has developed the World’s first UltraClean mattress cleaning machine, which cleans mattresses in good repair to levels clean enough to be used in a hospital operating theatre. Following cleaning Bulky Bob’s then passes reused mattresses to those most in need, in its mission to End Furniture Poverty.

Sean Martins, Commercial Manager at Fresh Start Waste said “Vita Student is always looking for ways to minimise its impact on the world’s valuable resources and maximise its sustainability efforts. Working with us to ensure items are reused rather than recycled via Bulky Bob’s is yet another demonstration of their commitment to achieving this through practical steps. Thanks as well to the Bulky Bob’s team for all the wonderful work they do helping people living in furniture poverty.”

Sian Worthy, Regional Manager at Vita Student Liverpool commented: “We’re delighted to support Fresh Start and Bulky Bob’s in their efforts to end Furniture Poverty. Being able to extend the lifecycle of products beyond their commercial life through industrial cleaning technology and getting them into the hands of people who need them the most is exactly the kind of initiative we want to get behind and we hope that these items go onto make many people happy.”

Shaun Doran, CEO at Bulky Bob’s said “A huge thank you to Fresh Start Waste and Vita Student for working with us on this reuse programme. We hope this will be an ongoing relationship and would hope more student accommodation providers can follow lead and want to do the same via their waste management company. It’s a great partnership with Fresh Start Waste who genuinely focus on moving their customers up the waste hierarchy to reuse and allow us to help those most in need get essential furniture items they so urgently need.”

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