Happy birthday Garstang Bits 'n' Bobs

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Garstang's innovative community recycling and reuse centre is celebrating its first birthday this month.

The Community Recycling and Re-use Centre, home to the Bits 'n' Bobs Re-use Shop, opened its doors to the public in October 2015 and since then has helped save hundreds of household items being sent to landfill sites.

Run in partnership by Lancashire County Council and local charity Refurb, the centre works in a different way to conventional household recycling centres as it focuses on the resale of items donated to the shop. The centre also accepts household waste that can be recycled such as plastic bottles and garden waste but does not accept general rubbish.

Clare Pritchard, Lancashire County Council's lead member for waste management, said: "The Bits 'n' Bobs Reuse Shop is a great idea.

"It's saved around 15 tonnes of household items being sent to landfill site since it first opened. That's quite a lot when you consider these are mostly small pieces of bric-a-brac that have been lying around unused in people's homes.

"You can recycle anything from old bits of furniture such as chairs or tables, to electrical equipment such as TVs, washing machines, cookers and lamps.

"The centre also takes plastic bottles, metals, garden waste and textiles. Money made from selling these items goes towards offsetting the running costs of the centre.

"I'm pleased the centre has been such a success and that the local community is getting involved too. It's worth a visit if you have any old bits and bobs you think may be useful to someone or want to pick up a bargain yourself."

For more information about the Community Recycling and Re-Use Centre click here

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