AN ACCLAIMED local charity is up for its third national award within the space of a year.

Flint-based Refurbs, a sustainable waste charity, has been shortlisted for Excellence in Environmental management in the Welsh Business Awards.

The charity recycles donated furniture and provides the community with access to affordable pre-loved furniture and electricals. This as well as offering employability, training, volunteering and work placement opportunities to those in the community who are furthest away from the job market.

Refurbs, a subsidiary of Groundwork North Wales, is based at Aber Park industrial in Flint. Since commencing its furniture deconstruction programme, almost 670 tonnes of furniture waste has been diverted from landfill and more than 16,000 items have been deconstructed, in addition to delivering a recycling awareness campaign at all of the Household Recycling Centres (HRCs) in Flintshire.

The latest award nomination follows two award wins in the last 12 months. These include Best Community Recycling Initiative at the Awards for Excellence in Recycling and Waste Management in 2018 and The Environmental Award at the WCVA Third Sector Awards Cymru for 2018.

It was also one of three organisations shortlisted for the ‘Outstanding Social Enterprise’ category of the 2018 Sustainable Academy Awards, promoted by Cynnal Cymru.

Matthew Jones, Refurbs retail manager, said: “It is testament to the hard work and dedication of our staff and our volunteers, without whom we couldn’t succeed in our aims.”