Cleaning up cast-offs is a boost to recycling and helps bargain hunters

Refurbished washing machines for sale at Blackpool Council's Re-use store
Refurbished washing machines for sale at Blackpool Council's Re-use store
Have your say

Dumped washing machines are among the goods being given a new lease of life at a council recycling centre.

Scores of the machines have been refurbished and are now up for sale at Blackpool Council’s Re-use shop at the council tip on Bristol Avenue, Bispham.

There are some real treasures to be found

Unwanted dishwashers, tumble dryers and computer are also among items which are on sale.

The Re-use store is based on the upper level of the tip and sells a large variety of second hand items at knockdown prices.

As well as recycled white goods, sets of golf clubs, books, musical instruments and furniture are all available to buy from the store, which is open six days a week, Friday to Wednesday, between 10am and 3.45pm.

Each of the products has been diverted from landfill and repaired, refurbished and tested, ready to sell on.

The money raised in the store goes towards improving recycling services across Blackpool, while a large donation is donated to the Mayor’s Charity.

Coun Christine Wright, Blackpool Council’s cabinet member with responsibility for promoting the re-use store, said: “It’s no secret that the council’s services are under a lot of pressure due to cuts in our grant.

“So when residents come and buy products from the re-use store, not only are they getting a fantastic bargain but they are also helping to improve re-use and recycling in Blackpool.

“So far the store has proved really popular, however we need people to continue to visit to keep it open. Not only are the items cheaper to buy but there are some real treasures to be found for those people keen to hunt out a bargain.

“All the money spent in the shop is reinvested back in to the community, either by keeping our popular recycling initiatives like Rover running or by helping to train and keep local people in work.”