What do we see?
In 2019, 23kt of furniture was collected, which is an increase compared to previous years. Furthermore, there has been a steady increase in this figure since 2010. However, in terms of the amount of goods sold, we see a different trend: a slight decrease between 2015 and 2019. The amount of furniture sold in 2019 was less than 15kt, which equates to just 61% of the total amount of collected goods.
What’s the aim?
In a circular economy, reuse is a crucial strategy: it extends the lifespan of products and materials so that they can be used for as long as possible. In addition, it also helps prevent products and materials being prematurely processed into waste. In this respect, the steady increase in the amount of furniture collected could be a positive trend. The figures for collection and sales are higher for furniture than for other goods like textiles and EEE but, just like with the other product groups, the proportion of goods sold is decreasing. Here too, we also need to watch out for unwanted rebound effects that can result in more consumer goods being used to meet the same needs. This goes completely against the objectives of a more circular economy.
What does this indicator measure?
This indicator shows how much furniture is collected and sold by De Kringwinkel and is expressed in kilotonnes. The data was provided by OVAM.