COUNTY civic chiefs are encouraging residents to donate their old furniture in a bid to reduce waste. This comes as part of a new survey launched this week, Hampshire County Council wants to find out what locals want to do with their old furniture. The survey explores attitudes to buying and donating the products, as well as electrical appliances, and explores what the barriers may be which prevent people from exploring the possibilities of re-use to keep these items out of the waste system. Councillor Rob Humby, member for environment said: “As resources and public finances are squeezed, it’s important we look at all options to reduce volumes of waste in the system to try to bring down the £100million each year Hampshire’s household waste is costing. “There are many aspects to reducing waste from upcycling to composting, but this survey is specifically looking at large household items such as sofas and fridges to try to find out if more would be re-used if people knew more about the options.” The online survey is open to all residents until 14 September 2018. Everyone who completes the survey is eligible to be entered into a draw to win £100 Leisure Vouchers. The results of the survey will help inform the County Council’s Smart Living campaign which began in 2015 to encourage people to make small changes to their lifestyles in order to waste less and save more.