Norfolk’s Reuse Shop network is getting a make-over!

Bigger reuse shops are on the way for Caister and Dereham recycling centres, and Wells and Bergh Apton recycling centres are getting reuse shops for the very first time, thanks to a project starting this week.

Cllr Martin Wilby, Chairman of the Environment, Development and Transport committee, said: “Our popular reuse shops help to make sure good quality items are not thrown away and are given a new home instead. Providing new and bigger reuse shops means we can boost the range and number of things people can donate and buy. It’s marvellous to see how popular the shops are and it’s always great fun to have a look to see what bargains you may find.”

The first step is for the current Caister and Dereham reuse shops to be removed and replaced with bigger shops to reflect the growing popularity of the scheme. The new shops will be twice the current size and have more open plan space for larger items. Larger shops will help to increase the reuse of as many items as possible including sofas, bikes, tools and garden ornaments.

Caister and Dereham recycling centres will need to close for a few hours each for the new shops to be manoeuvred into place. The new reuse shops will reopen a few days after the installation is completed and the shops have been set up ready to open.

With reuse and recycling at the top of the agenda the shops that are currently at Caister and Dereham will be taken away for refurbishment before they are then installed at their new homes at Bergh Apton and Wells later in the year.  The £35,000 improvement scheme will take the total number of reuse shops in the county up to 11.

In 2017/18 the network of reuse shops made a £184,210 contribution towards the £6.5million annual cost of Norfolk’s 20 Recycling Centres. In the same year 833 tonnes of items passed through the reuse shops, an increase of 93 tonnes on the previous year.  Since April 2018 Norfolk’s reuse shops have been donating a proportion of their income to the the current chosen charity, the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

To find your local reuse shop visit: www.norfolk.gov.uk/reuseshop

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