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Re-use Shop Celebrates its first birthday

14 Mar 2017 16:31

A celebration event has been held today to mark the first birthday of the Re-use Shop based at the Foxhall Household Waste Recycling Centre.  The landmark was celebrated with tea and cake for guests at the shop on the outskirts of Ipswich.  

Since opening in March 2016 the shop has rescued around 300 tonnes of items, including 2000 bikes, 1200 dining chairs and over 3000 TVs, which would otherwise have been thrown away. Some of the more unusual items donated include a fruit machine, a baby grand piano and several vintage pedal cars!

The shop’s success is largely due to the generosity of the Suffolk public who bring items to Suffolk County Council’s Recycling Centres for re-use. Thanks are also due to the eagle-eyed staff from FCC who can spot suitable re-use items when they are brought to site, as well as the dedicated staff and volunteers from the Benjamin Foundation who run the shop. The shop is open to the public every day. 

Cllr Matthew Hicks, Suffolk County Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Public Protection said: “We are delighted that one year on the shop is doing well and hope that as word spreads and its reputation increases it will do even better next year. We are working towards raising the profile of reusing goods on all of our sites so many charities can continue to benefit and we can prevent even more items being thrown away. We would encourage people donate their unwanted good–quality items for re-use at all 11 of Suffolk’s Household Waste Recycling Centres.”

Tony Ing is CEO at The Benjamin Foundation and at today’s anniversary event said “It’s been a successful first year for the shop.  In addition to all the items on sale in the shop we hold regular auctions of electrical and other items.  This fundraising helps us deliver our work in the local community which includes support for homeless young people in Ipswich and one-to-one support to some of the pupils in schools in Bury St Edmunds.  Some items are also passed on to support other local charities and organisations.”

Steve Longdon, Regional Director for FCC Environment added, “We are delighted to be celebrating one year of partnership with Suffolk County Council and The Benjamin Foundation today and it is gratifying to know that the store is as popular today as it was when we first opened the doors. Our re-use stores have proven incredibly popular across the country and are providing residents with bargains as well as preventing items which are re-usable from being discarded so long may our shared success continue.”

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