Evaluation of waste production, utilisation and brokerage potential within the UK furniture industry

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This report demonstrated that the average UK furniture manufacturer spent 3.83% of turnover on issues relating to waste, costing the sector over £160 million per year. Examples of how this cost can be reduced are contained - 1% of turnover in savings should be obtainable for all companies with the implementation of basic processes and procedures.


  • Introduction
    • Background to the sector
    • Environmental assessment of the furniture industry
  • Methodology
    • The waste survey
    • Evaluation of waste utilisation
    • Electronic waste brokerage potential
  • Summary of the survey results
    • Total cost of waste
    • Waste by sub-sector benchmarking
    • The effect of implementing an EMS
  • Analysis of board materials
  • Analysis of solid timber
  • Analysis of coatings
  • Other materials
  • Evaluation of waste utilisation
  • Investigation of the potential for an electronic waste brokerage service to match the supply and demand of timber and other furniture production wastes in the UK
  • Conclusions

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