AN INNOVATIVE council drive to provide fridges, cookers, furniture and other home essentials to hard up families in Leeds - whilst at the same time increasing recycling - has proven to be a real winner for the city
Hundreds of abandoned items - usable products left by tenants moving home - have been recovered from empty council properties, and redistributed to needy families through the Leeds Furniture Reuse Group (LFRG), a network of seven organisations who collect unwanted furniture and household items from the public and businesses and make them available to people in need to help them set up home in an affordable way.
The numbers of usable items donated has shot up by 250 per cent since the drive was launched.
Councillor Mark Dobson, the council’s executive member for cleaner, stronger and safer communities, said: “This is a real success story.
“It’s great that we have teamed up with the charities to ensure that these unwanted, but re-usable items are passed on to those in need.
“It’s good for local communities and for the environment, and saves on landfill costs.
“I urge everyone to think twice before they throw furniture and household goods away, and donate them to these groups if the items are good enough for someone else to use.”
Councillor Peter Gruen, executive member for neighbourhoods, planning and personnel, added: “At a time when many families and individuals are on tight budgets, it is great that Leeds City Council is finding ways to deliver schemes which not only reduce waste from council homes, but can help people furnish their houses more cheaply. We want to do as much as we can to help families so they are not driven to using loan sharks and other high cost lending providers.”