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Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Charities across the capital will benefit from the 2012 Games when they receive 80 tonnes of near brand-new homeware from Olympic accomodation.
More than 7,000 items of bedding, crockery and kitchen utensils are being distributed to needy charities, including Barnardos, the Docklands Project and City YMCA, in only two days by the London Re-Use Network.
The goods were bought for 3,000 Games officials and journalists who took over 13 halls of residences during the summer.
Charles Craft, managing director of London Re-Use, said: “This carries on the feel-good factor from the 2012 Games.
“Re-using perfectly good household items contributes to the 2012 London Games’ green legacy. This operation is part of the development of a pan-London Re-Use Network embracing commercial organisations and London boroughs, which will divert 7,000 of tonnes from landfill and create jobs and training opportunities for Londoners.”
The halls are owned by Unite, which operates student accommodation across the UK.
Operations manager Alan Blackmore said the challenge is now on to get the student halls ready for the new academic year, which starts next week.
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