New reuse shop at Preston recycling centre is the place to grab a bargain

Thursday, February 16, 2017

A wedding dress still bearing its original £699 price-tag is just one of many items which have already been rescued from the skips and put on sale at a newly-opened shop at Preston Household Waste Recycling Centre.

The shop will ensure potentially useful things are saved from being thrown away, ensuring less waste is sent to landfill, as well as providing an affordable source of basic goods.

After being separated by staff at the Tom Benson Way facility, the items are checked, cleaned up, and if necessary repaired before being put on sale.

The re-use shop began trading in January but was officially opened on Wednesday 15 February by County Councillor Marcus Johnstone, cabinet member for environment, planning, and cultural services.

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

"This will not only ensure less waste is sent to landfill, but provide somewhere people can pick up the everyday things they need, at prices they can afford.

"I was intrigued to learn that in the short time the shop has been open it has already rescued a wedding dress which had been thrown in the skips. The dress still had its price tag attached showing it was originally bought for £699. It seems this could be just the place to visit if you want to find an unusual bargain."

The shop will also be 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 recycling centre network. It will also provide employment opportunities organised through the county council's volunteer team and third sector groups to help people gain experience and training, and improve their employability.

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 .The Garstang Community Recycling and Re-use Centre (CRRC) on Brockholes Way, Catterall, has been operating since September 2015.

County Councillor Johnstone added: "It is imperative that all our services are affordable due to the unprecedented financial challenges the council faces, and we expect this shop to become self-funding. It shows how money can be saved, and raised, by selling good quality items that we would otherwise have to pay to send to landfill.

"Facilities like this help to save both money and valuable resources whilst improving social value and supporting local communities, and I would like to thank everyone who's worked to make it possible. I'm sure this shop will be a great place for anyone to find a bargain and I'd encourage people to support it."

The shop is open from 10am to 4pm Wednesday to Sunday.

It will stock items including:

• 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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