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Giving a new lease of life to unwanted furniture

Posted on 18 Jun 2019

Do you have any good quality unwanted furniture, white goods or textiles which could be re-used within the community?

Cunninghame Furniture Recycling Company is working in partnership with North Ayrshire Council to reduce the number of household items going to landfill, reducing Ayrshire’s environmental footprint, creating training and employment opportunities and offering a low cost, credible alternative to high street shopping for those seeking to furnish their homes on a budget.

Donations of furniture can be uplifted free of charge from anywhere in Ayrshire, with the charitable organisation also offering low cost, ethical house clearances.

CFRC, a partner organisation of North Ayrshire Council’s BetterOff North Ayrshire project, sells a wide range of products at affordable prices from its Heatherhouse Industrial Estate showroom behind Tesco in Irvine.

The store is open to the public from 9.30am to 5pm, Monday to Thursday; 9.30am to 4.30pm on a Friday, and from 10am to 2pm on Saturdays.

A textile bank is also available in the showroom car park, allowing 24-hour access for donations of clothing, bags, belts, sheets, curtains, towels and paired shoes, all of which will be recycled by Nathan’s Wastesavers and sent to Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe.

Last year was the busiest to date for the charity, with 9566 donations of unwanted reusable furniture and household goods being processed for sale -  saving over 237 tonnes from local landfill.

Councillor Jim Montgomerie, Cabinet Member for Place, said: “Cunninghame Furniture Recycling Company is a fantastic social enterprise which has been helping families to buy low cost, good quality furniture since its inception in 2010.

“Many hundreds of tonnes of furniture have been saved from landfill during that period, so by donating to - or buying from - CFRC you are also helping to do your bit for the environment.

“I would urge anyone who is replacing furniture, or has surplus furniture due to downsizing or house clearing, to please consider donating to CFRC.”

To find out more about Cunninghame Furniture Recycling Company, visit  or follow them on Facebook at

Alternatively, you can call them on freephone 0800 221 8083.

Donated sofas and soft furnishings should be free from stains, marks, rips or scratches and must have the relevant fire safety labels attached. Electrical items must be in good, working condition.