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In 2013, IRN completed more than 200 projects with organizations in 23 states, and provided much needed furnishings for homes, clinics, and schools in 14 countries and 10 U.S. states.
Since 2002, IRN has placed more than 40 million pounds of surplus with charities. Apart from environmental and social benefits, the cost of placing surplus for reuse is typically 20% to 40% less than the cost of throwing the same material in dumpsters.
This summer, IRN is making a special request on behalf of tornado and flood victims in Missouri, Alabama, Massachusetts, and elsewhere: consider reuse as an alternative to disposal of surplus furnishings and other inventory.
IRN’s surplus property program has surpassed 25 million pounds of furniture, medical supplies, and other equipment sent to disaster relief and economic development projects.
On February 2, the Institution Recycling Network (IRN) shipped a 15,000 pound load of relief supplies, including 120 mattresses from Brown University, medical supplies from New England Baptist Hospital, and more than 2,500 liters of bottled water from Max’s Blues Café in Brockton, MA.