Visitors to Burnley recycling centre can grab a bargain and give new life to things they no longer want thanks to a new reuse shop which opened this week.
The Reuse360 shop is packed full of useful items at low prices, with everything from homeware, books, clothes, toys, sports equipment and musical instruments for sale.
Located on the exit to the current site with a new parking area allowing people to pull over and browse, the shop been opened by Lancashire County Council to ensure decent items don’t get wasted, helping the environment and providing a source of low-cost goods for local people.
Anyone visiting Burnley recycling centre with something they no longer want but which could be reused is asked to give it to a member of staff rather than throw it in the skip.
County Councillor Shaun Turner, cabinet member for environment and climate change, said: “It’s great to recycle but even better to reuse, ensuring we don’t waste energy and raw materials producing new goods when those we’ve already got still have plenty of life left in them.
“A significant proportion of household waste is now seen as a valuable resource which can be reused and reconditioned before we even start to think about recycling as the next step. Increasing reuse also contributes towards the county council’s goal to reduce the impact of our services to net zero carbon.
“I have already visited the new shop and was really amazed at what people throw away. There’s a little bit of everything on sale, and I’d challenge anyone not to find something which interests them.
“We’ve got some great quality furniture, new and second-hand clothes and shoes, all sorts of children’s toys and games, and all kinds of musical instruments – even a set of bagpipes.
“Our staff have done a great job of setting up the reuse shop to display all the goods at their best – I’d urge everyone to support it by donating good quality items, and taking a look around next time they visit the recycling centre.”
The reuse shop is currently operating with precautions in place to prevent the spread of Covid-19. As part of this, the shop will only accept card payments for now.
The county council is also offering volunteering opportunities in the shop for local people through the Lancashire Volunteer Partnership. You can find details online at lancsvp.org.uk/opportunities/burnleyreuseassistant.
The county council has already carried out successful trials of reuse shops at sites in Preston and Garstang, which will be reopening soon.
Burnley Household Waste Recycling Centre is located on Balderstone Lane, on the Heasandford Industrial Estate. You can find full details of all Lancashire County Council recycling centres, including opening times, and types of waste they accept at www.lancashire.gov.uk/waste.