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‘Advantage Suffolk’ as residents encouraged to support local charity

08 Jul 2016 09:23

As Wimbledon fever sweeps the nation, it’s ‘advantage Suffolk’ as residents are now able to donate their re-useable items at seven of the county’s Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC) for sale at the Foxhall Re-use Shop to benefit a local charity.

Shop manager Carmen Smith from The Benjamin Foundation said: “At this time of year lots of people are having a clear out and it is amazing how many un-used tennis racquets come through our hands! But we are also seeing lots of great garden furniture and un-loved tools as householders upgrade to newer items.”

Councillor Matthew Hicks, Suffolk County Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Public Protection said “It’s great that pre-loved items are now finding their way through our recycling centres to the Re-use Shop. Thanks to the residents of Suffolk, we are reducing waste and raising money for our charity partner, The Benjamin Foundation.”

The Re-use Shop will not be the only advantage for Suffolk going forward.  Matt Garrod, Director of Operations, Housing and Homelessness at The Benjamin Foundation said: “We are now working in partnership with Suffolk County Council to provide supervised and supported accommodation in West and South Suffolk and supported lodgings across Suffolk for young people leaving care aged 16 to 18 years old. Young people have not only helped us design these services, they are involved in recruiting staff, and will benefit from the Re-use Shop to help them furnish their new homes.”   Game, set and match for Suffolk.

Items donated in the county find their way to the re-use shop at the HWRC on Foxhall Road in Brightwell, Ipswich. The shop is the result of a partnership between Suffolk County Council, FCC Environment and The Benjamin Foundation.

Re-use shops are becoming incredibly popular all over the UK, raising money for charity and, crucially, preventing unnecessary waste from being created.

The range of materials being sold includes electrical items from hoovers to blenders, furniture from chairs to dressers, children’s toys along with prams and highchairs, sports equipment including golf clubs and bags, weights and even skates, CDs and DVDs, books, bicycles and DIY and garden tools.

Steve Bell, Re-use Manager at FCC Environment which runs both the shop and the network of HWRC’s in partnership with Suffolk County Council, added: “Our re-use shops have proven incredibly popular across the country. We are providing residents with bargains, preventing items which are re-usable from being discarded, helping to meet Government recycling targets and raising funds for local charities. Everyone really does win.”

Donating couldn’t be easier. When you arrive at your nearest HWRC, keep a look out for the designated re-use container, or ask a member of staff and they will guide you to the right place. Items can be donated at the HWRCs in Ipswich, Leiston, Lowestoft, Stowmarket, Felixstowe, Bury St Edmunds and Foxhall itself.

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