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FCC Environment invest £400,000 in new reuse shop

13 Jul 2015 12:25

FCC Environment, one of the UK’s leading waste and resource management companies, has opened a new reuse shop in the East Riding of Yorkshire following a £400,000 investment.  

Working with the local Hull City Council and East Riding of Yorkshire Council, FCC will run the reuse shop which sells products that have been rescued from recycling centres operated by the company across the region.

The shop is the first that will be run entirely by FCC Environment. The company already runs similar schemes in Buckinghamshire, Warwickshire and Staffordshire in partnership with local charities.

FCC Environment is rapidly becoming a leader in reuse. The business recently won the prestigious Best Partnership Project award at the National Recycling Awards (NRA) for its bike restoration and reuse scheme which it runs in conjunction with HMP Rochester and Abacus Furniture Project.

Richard Belfield, Group Development Director at FCC Environment, said: “Our aim is to capture reusable items being taken to the Household Waste Recycling Centres which means we can transform goods that would have been disposed of as waste into a valuable resource. This means we reduce the amount of valuable materials and products that end up in landfill.

The reuse shop was opened on July 10 by the East Riding of Yorkshire Council Chairman, Cllr Peter Turner, who donated an iron cooking book stand at the opening, and the Lord Mayor of Kingston upon Hull, Cllr Anita Harrison who gave a hanging picture frame.

Some of the money raised by the reuse shop will be donated to several charities elected by Councillors Harrison and Turner.

Mr Belfield continues: “Opening and operating our own reuse shops ensures that a range of reusable goods, such as push bikes and furniture items, are re-used instead of going to landfill.  Some of the money raised from the selling of these items will be used to support local charities.

“We’d like to thank everyone who has supported the launch and let people the shop is now open (July 10).”

FCC currently manages 13 Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) for the Hull City Council and East Riding of Yorkshire Council alongside three waste transfer stations in Wilmington, Goole and Carnaby. The company also treats residual waste collected in East Riding, which it converts into fuel.

Councillor Symon Fraser, East Riding of Yorkshire Council portfolio holder for asset management, housing and environment, said: “The idea of a reuse facility has long been talked about by residents and this initiative enables us to try out the concept.

“We hope to learn from the experience and we very much hope that the reuse shop proves to be a fantastic way for residents to make use of items that are still in good condition which would otherwise end up being thrown away.”

Councillor John Black, Hull City Council portfolio holder for council infrastructure and responsible for recycling, said: “As a council we are extremely passionate with a good track record of recycling.

“We hope this innovative joint venture with East Riding of Yorkshire Council proves to be a great success that will make a significant difference to the environment. We are always looking for new ways to re-use materials that would otherwise be sent to landfill.

“I hope residents will support the new re-use shop and buy household items that are in still good working order whilst raising money for some very worthwhile charities.”

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