We are delighted to have signed a contract with FCC Environment, who operate Suffolk’s Recycling Centres on behalf of Suffolk County Council, to run the new Re-use Shop at the new Bury St Edmunds Recycling Centre in Fornham Road, Fornham St Martin and to continue running the existing shop at the Foxhall Recycling Centre in Ipswich.
The new shop will open soon joining the already successful Foxhall shop which remains open for business as usual.
Items suitable for re-use that would otherwise be recycled or disposed of can be donated at Recycling Centres across Suffolk. The collected items will then be resold at the shops, raising crucial funds for the charity.
Councillor Paul West, Cabinet Member for Waste at Suffolk County Council said: “430 tonnes of suitable re-use items were diverted from the waste stream across Suffolk’s recycling centres in 2018.
“The opening of the new re-use shop to support the existing outlet is anticipated to significantly increase re-use from our sites, whilst increasing the benefits that charities bring to Suffolk communities and allowing local residents to purchase items at very competitive prices.”
The range of materials sold at the shop will be developed with The Benjamin Foundation and is likely to include electrical items, kids toys, furniture, ornaments, sports equipment including bicycles and golf clubs in abundance, CDs and DVDs, books, bicycles and DIY and garden tools.
Steve Longdon, Regional Director at FCC Environment, said: “The partnership will help to capture re-usable items being taken to the Recycling Centres which might otherwise have been treated as waste.
“This means we reduce the amount of valuable materials and products that end up being thrown away while supporting The Benjamin Foundation’s fantastic work.”
Director of Operations, Kirsty Pitcher, said: “We’re delighted our charity has been chosen to run the new Re-use Shop at Bury St Edmunds and to be able to continue to operate the shop at Foxhall, Ipswich. The Benjamin Foundation has supported children and young adults with a range of projects in Suffolk for nearly four years including one to one emotional wellbeing support in local schools. We also provide a home and support service for vulnerable young adults in Ipswich, Stowmarket and around Suffolk helping the young people on the path to independence.”
Kirsty continues: “We’re looking forward to continuing to work with other local charities and organisations to promote re-use and benefit the local community.”
If you would like to enquire about job opportunities at the new re-use charity shop, please visit: https://benjaminfoundation.co.uk/vacancies/