New shop at Preston recycling centre will resell useful items

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Old items such as furniture, bric-a-brac, crockery and toys will be given a new lease of life thanks to Lancashire County Council's plans to open a waste re-use shop at Preston Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC).

The development will see potentially useful things saved from being thrown in the skips at the Tom Benson Way facility, ensuring less waste is sent to landfill, as well as providing an affordable source of basic goods.

After being separated by the centre staff or donated to the shop directly, the items will be checked, cleaned up, and repaired if necessary before being put on sale.

County Councillor Marcus Johnstone, cabinet member for environment, planning, and cultural services, has given the go-ahead to establish the shop which could be operating within weeks.

At first the new service will be provided on a trial basis, and used to identify opportunities to widen reuse across Lancashire through partnership working with third sector organisations, or by pursuing similar developments across the council's HWRC network.

The business case for the shop has been developed with the benefit of the county council's experience of operating a similar centre near Garstang in partnership with local charity Refurb. The Garstang Community Recycling and Re-use Centre (CRRC) on Brockholes Way, Catterall, has been operating since September 2015.

County Councillor Johnstone said: "It's great to recycle, but it's even better to reduce the amount we throw away in the first place, and reuse things which are still of value before they become what we normally think of as waste.

"In Lancashire, whilst we promote re-use and are already involved in re-use activities, one of the key areas where we could achieve much more is through the Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) service.

"Preston HWRC is well-suited to having a re-use shop as it is a busy site, with enough spare space for a shop. Establishing the shop will allow us to explore and develop further re-use opportunities, particularly in partnership with charitable and voluntary organisations. This may bring further potential benefits in terms of providing training, skills and employment.

"Through the vital services the county council provides to Lancashire's most vulnerable people, there is also the opportunity to redistribute reusable items to those who need them most, and get much greater value from our waste."

The shop will be housed in two refurbished shipping containers, fitted out to create an attractive retail space. It is hoped that the shop could be established by the end of November this year, with opening hours of 10am to 4pm Wednesday to Sunday.

Items which could easily be rescued from being thrown away and sold include:

• Soft furnishings such as armchairs; beds and mattresses; and sofas.
• Hard furnishings such as bookcases; cabinets; chairs; chests of drawers; cupboards; tables; TV and hi-fi units; and wardrobes.
• Bric-a-brac including books, crockery, DVDs, CDs, records, ceramics and glassware.
• Toys and sports equipment such as bikes, golf clubs, jigsaws and board games.

Tagged as: Waste and Recycling


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