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Happy 1st Birthday to our Ipswich Re-use shop!

Tuesday 14th March was a day of celebrations over at our Re-use shop at the Foxhall Household Waste Recycling Centre in Ipswich, Suffolk.  They have oficially been open for 1 year and wanted to mark the occasion with tea and cake for their guests.  We were delighted to welcome BBC Radio Suffolk in the morning who broadcast live from the shop during their breakfast show.

The shop has been a huge success and this is largely down to the generosity of members of the general public over in Suffolk.  Our team of staff and volunteers work together with staff from FCC Environment to select items that are suitable for re-sale in the shop.  We would like to say a very big thank you to all of you for ensuring the success of the Re-use shop.

Cllr Matthew Hicks, Suffolk County Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Public Protection had this to say: “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.”

Thank you to everyone that has played a part in the success of the shop in Ipswich.