A trail-blazing charity shop has opened at a Recycling Centre in Sefton, Merseyside.

The Community Re-use Shop at South Sefton Recycling Centre has officially opened to the public after a ribbon-cutting event with local councillors, recycling officers and national charity YMCA.

The shop is the first of its kind in the whole of Merseyside and accepts used and ‘pre-loved’ items from householders which have been dropped off at the Recycling Centre. Instead of being landfilled or recycled, the donations are cleaned and put up for sale. They include furniture, children’s’ toys and tools/bric-a-brac. There is also PAT testing on site so electrical items can be sold.

Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA) and Veolia are behind the scheme, whilst YMCA is operating the shop with its charitable projects benefiting from any profit.

Carl Beer, Chief Executive of MRWA, said: “We’re always looking at ways to divert materials from landfill or unnecessary recycling and the idea of taking items, giving them a new lease of life and giving them to a new home fits that philosophy perfectly. Hopefully local householders will be able to bag themselves a bargain!”

Rachel Dillon, Retail Area Manager at YMCA England, said: “We are very privileged and excited at the prospect of being able to support MRWA’s and Veolia’s philosophy of recycling. This is a fantastic opportunity for us to provide the local and surrounding areas with quality goods at amazing prices, which in turn will make a massive difference to the people we support through the various local YMCA’s.”

The shop is located at South Sefton Recycling Centre, Irlam Road, Bootle, and is open seven days a week, 9.00am to 5.00pm (Sundays 10.00am to 4.00pm).

Adrian Jefferies, Business Manager at Veolia, said: “We want people to see their waste as a resource, reusing unwanted items wherever possible. There is a donation point at the Recycling Centre alongside the existing recycling services, when you are dropping items off, check whether they can be reused before recycling or landfilling”


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