Boost for reuse as Norwich South shop opens and new chosen charity revealed

The latest in Norfolk’s growing chain of reuse shops opened on Friday 25 March, at Norwich South recycling centre. The bright, spacious, purpose-built shop is set to save 100 tonnes of good quality second-hand items from being thrown away each year. It has also been revealed today that the The Big C is the new chosen charity which will receive a cut of the proceeds from the reuse shops. To date more than £35,000 has been raised for charities including Norfolk Wildlife Trust and the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

Cllr Andy Grant, Norfolk County Council Cabinet Member for Environment and Waste, said: “It’s lovely to have two things to celebrate today, as not only can we mark the opening of a wonderful new reuse shop that’s set to help boost recycling, but also that a cut of all the sales from the reuse shops, right across Norfolk, will be going to our new chosen charity, The Big C. I’d urge people to come and take a look in the new shop as you never know what you may find, from bikes to baskets, and from books to bookcases, there’s always a bargain to be had.”

Norfolk’s reuse shops welcome donations of good quality second-hand pieces and sell these on at car boot prices. Helping to give things a new home reduces the amount of unwanted items going to waste and income from sales in the shops helps to offset the cost of providing the recycling centre service.

The Norwich North and Norwich South recycling centres both opened in 2021 providing improved facilities for the growing Greater Norwich area. They replaced the former smaller sites at Mile Cross and Ketteringham. The reuse shop at Norwich North opened last month and is the largest in the county.

To find out more visit Reuse Shops