WHILE warmly endorsing the 'three Rs' (reduce, reuse, recycle) and welcoming the success of the 'tip shop', as outlined in Mr Debenham's letter to the County Gazette ('Tip shop is excellent example of 'three Rs', Postbag, December 28), I would note that the shop is a relative newcomer to recycling in Taunton.

FurniTrust (Home Furniture Services Trust) has been operating in Taunton and the surrounding area for more than 20 years, using various modest premises and we are now based at the Old Library, in Priorswood, Taunton.

FurniTrust is a registered charity, whose principle objectives are to help those in need and to reduce waste (in particular fly-tipping) by recycling furniture and electrical equipment.

We achieve these by collecting good quality, unwanted furniture and electrical goods for free and selling them at low, affordable prices to local people in need (those on benefits or with low incomes).

While meeting these objectives, financially, we aim to break even - recover our costs.

In order to keep administrative costs to a minimum, FurniTrust is managed by a board of unpaid trustees and operates using a small number of staff, assisted by volunteers.

We look forward to continuing to serve Taunton and help pursue the 'three Rs' in 2018 and for many years.