Store’s making good use of our ‘rubbish’

Coun Fred Jackson (centre) with site manager Eddie Rickwood (left) and head of waste James Kelly.

Coun Fred Jackson (centre) with site manager Eddie Rickwood (left) and head of waste James Kelly.

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A new store opened to resell unwanted items has made thousands of pounds in its first month.

Blackpool Council opened the shop at its Household Waste Recycling Centre after staff were shocked by the number of usable items being disposed of at the site.

Items in good or working condition are sold on at the store with money made going to local charities or reinvested in the facility.

Blackpool Council’s deputy leader Coun Fred Jackson, officially opened the facility on Bristol Avenue, Bispham, last week after a ‘soft launch’ in March.

And today figures revealed the store has made more than £3,750 already.

Coun Jackson said: “This is an exciting project and I’m pleased that it has got off to a good start.

“It’s pleasing to see that some high quality items are being recovered and saved from the scrapheap and put to good use.”

Staff have been rescuing everything from books and board games to DVDs and desks to be sold on, while recycling advisors have been working with people coming to the tip to identify potentially re-usable items.

Items on sale at the moment include computer games, cutlery, glassware, furniture including good quality tables, chairs, cabinets and mirrors, ornamental and antique items, golf clubs, walking aids, books, pictures, picture frames and posters.

Coun Jackson added: “There are certainly some excellent bargains to be had and I hope people will drop in and have a look around.”

To store is open 10am to 4pm on Friday to Tuesday. It is closed on Wednesday and Thursday.

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