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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: www.norfolk.gov.uk/reuseshop

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: www.norfolk.gov.uk/recycling


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