The Council’s Recycling Team has linked up with Emmaus Coventry and Warwickshire to allow residents to recycle their furniture and electrical items and help formerly homeless people.
 
Items such as sofas, wardrobes and dining tables collected as part of the bulky waste collection service which are reusable, will sold in Emmaus’ shop on Red Lane raising vital funds for the charity.
 
The charity provides formerly homeless people, known as Companions, with a home, food, basic essentials and full time work. Items which cannot be sold will be recycled.
 
Cllr Lancaster, Cabinet member for Public Services, said: “For a small fee, residents can now get rid of their unwanted pieces of furniture or electrical goods and these can be sold to benefit a great charity.
 
"Items don’t have to be in perfect condition either as the Companions will repair and restore items giving them the opportunity to learn new skills and raise the greatest amount of money for the charity. For safety, sofas and mattresses should carry the fire label to be able to be resold.”
 
When you book the service, if you say that the item is suitable for re-use and you are a member of the Coventry Recycling Club you will be awarded 100 points.
 
The new bulky items recycling service will operate six days a week (Monday – Saturday).  Up to five items costs £26.25 with 20% discount for people on qualifying benefits. See the website for costs for additional items.
 
For more information and to book a collection please visit www.coventry.gov.uk/bulkywaste.
Hackers attacked the company on Friday and gained access to customer's banking and personal details
 
Coventry residents could be among the 2.4million Carphone Warehouse customers who have had their personal details accessed in the latest attack by hackers.
 
The names, addresses, dates of births and banking details have all be accessed by hackers in a cyber attack on a division of Carphone Warehouse which took place on Friday.
 
The Telegraph online reported that the division controls websites OneStopPhoneShop.com, e2save.com and Mobiles.co.uk, as well as providing services to TalkTalk Mobile, Talk Mobile and iD mobile network.
 
Sebastian James, group chief executive of Dixons Carphone, told The Mirror: "We take the security of customer data extremely seriously, and we are very sorry that people have been affected by this attack on our systems.
 
"We are, of course, informing anyone that may have been affected, and have put in place additional security measures."
 
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