Continuing its commitment, Bulky Bob’s and Fresh Start Waste collaborate with the End Furniture Poverty charity. This partnership focuses on a vital reuse project: to reuse furniture and combat poverty. They aim to provide a second lease of life to reusable furniture from Vita Student Liverpool. The emphasis is on reducing furniture waste and helping those in need within the community.
Breaking down furniture into core materials is a common and effective recycling method for furniture at the end of its usability. Yet, certain discarded furniture can still serve a purpose for those in furniture poverty, particularly items left by accommodation providers. These pieces can be reused, offering a valuable lifeline to vulnerable members of society struggling with furniture poverty.
Vita Student Liverpool is a short walk to the Universities and the city centre. Located on Crosshall Street, it 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 actively pushes for waste reduction and reuse, aiming to elevate customers on the waste hierarchy. They organised the collection, inspection and cleaning of items like mattresses, fridges, microwaves, TVs, kettles and toasters for Bulky Bob’s. Their mission to End Furniture Poverty involves distributing these items to city residents experiencing furniture poverty.
For instance, annually, more than 7 million mattresses are discarded, while 20 million people struggle to afford vital furniture like beds. In response, Bulky Bob’s pioneered the UltraClean mattress cleaning machine. This innovative device cleans mattresses to a hospital operating theatre’s impeccable cleanliness, ensuring their reuse for those in need. Following cleaning Bulky Bob’s then passes reused mattresses to those most in need, in its reuse project mission to End Furniture Poverty.