Cookie Consent by Norfolk unwraps a new reuse shop in time for Christmas - Norfolk County Council

Norfolk unwraps a new reuse shop in time for Christmas

20 December 2019

The wraps have come off Norfolk’s newest reuse shop which was officially opened today, Friday 20 December, at Snetterton recycling centre.

Cllr Andy Grant, Norfolk County Council Cabinet Member for Environment  Waste, said: “Over the past year our popular reuse shops have helped save more than 1000 tonnes of good quality items including bicycles, garden tools, books and crockery from being thrown away.

“This is the fifth brand new shop we’ve opened this year and takes the total to fourteen. We’re working hard to help cut waste and boost recycling so I’m very proud of the fantastic new shop at Snetterton.”

Reuse shops play an important role in cutting waste as each shop stops on average 100 tonnes of reusable items being thrown away every year. In addition to the other four new shops that have opened in 2019 at Wells-next-the-Sea, Bergh Apton, Heacham and Wereham, the reuse shops at Dereham and Caister recycling centres have doubled in size.

Cllr Stephen Askew, County Councillor for the Guiltcross division which includes Snetterton, said: “It’s fantastic to see so many local people welcoming the arrival of this great little shop and how popular it is proving to be already. I’d urge people to come along, donate their unwanted items and have a browse for bargains!”

The County Council’s reuse shops welcome donations of good quality second hand pieces and sell these on at bargain car boot prices. Helping to give things a new home reduces the amount of unwanted items going to waste and the income from sales in the shops helps to offset the cost of providing the recycling centre service. Since April 2018 Norfolk's reuse shops have been donating a proportion of their income to the current chosen charity, the East Anglian Air Ambulance, and a first cheque for £9,000 was presented to the charity earlier this year.

To find your local reuse shop visit:

Fourteen of Norfolk’s network of 20 recycling centres now have a reuse shop:

Ashill, Bergh Apton, Caister, Dereham, Heacham, Hempton, Ketteringham, King’s Lynn, Mayton Wood, Snetterton, Strumpshaw, Thetford, Wells-next-the-Sea, Wereham

Reuse shop stock depends on donations from the public - the following can often be found:

  • DVDs/CDs
  • Books
  • Crockery
  • Toys/games
  • Pictures/picture frames
  • Ornaments
  • Garden tools
  • Bicycles*
  • Petrol lawn mowers*
  • Baby buggies*

*mechanical items are sold for spares and repairs only

Norfolk’s recycling centres accept all household waste for free, this includes sofas, mattresses, carpets and underlay, green garden waste and all electrical items. To find what you can take to your local recycling centre visit:

Latest News

  • UK’s only public war memorial library based in Norwich set for exciting redevelopment

    15 January 2020
    The stories of US Air Force personnel stationed in Norfolk during WWII are to be brought to life for a new generation as the UK’s only public war memorial library is set for an exciting relaunch in Norwich in the coming months.

  • Cabinet backs £536.6m investment plan

    14 January 2020
    Plans for £536.6m of investment in physical and digital infrastructure, schools and services across Norfolk have been backed by the County Council’s Cabinet.

  • Norfolk museums celebrate success with 500,000 visitor target

    14 January 2020
    Ambitious plans to welcome half a million visitors a year to Norfolk museums have been unveiled, building on a record breaking five years across their 10 museums.

  • A new film work by artist Laura Wilson

    14 January 2020
    Artist Laura Wilson has created a new film work exploring the hidden landscape of Must Farm near Peterborough. The film will be presented in the Boudica Gallery at Norwich Castle from 18 January to 29 March 2020 and screened across the region from April to June 2020.

  • Plans to transform travel in Greater Norwich revealed

    14 January 2020
    Norfolk County Council has today published details of its proposals in a substantial funding bid to central government which, if successful, has the potential to transform travel in Greater Norwich.

  • Council outlines budget pressures

    13 January 2020
    The growing pressures facing Norfolk County Council – including an additional £1m for the national living wage – have been considered by the cabinet.

  • Norfolk Local Transport Plan and Rail Consultation opens today

    13 January 2020
    The consultation for the Local Transport Plan opens today, ensuring that it offers local people the chance to have their say on current and future priorities for transport provision in Norfolk.

  • Consultation on ten countywide special needs bases

    07 January 2020
    A consultation opened on Tuesday 7 January in respect of an ambitious plan to create around 142 new learning places at ten mainstream schools for children with special educational needs and disabilities.

  • £1m per year community fund proposed

    03 January 2020
    A £1m per year fund to boost community schemes is being considered by the County Council.

  • Latest budget proposals published

    03 January 2020
    Significant extra investment in adults’ and children’s services is proposed in the county council’s latest budget – but sustainable, long-term Government funding is still required.

Was this webpage helpful?