Rescuing re-usable items from the 'tip'
Bristol ReUse Network is coordinating a new pilot project at Bristol City Council’s household waste and recycling centre in St Phillips.
We approach people who are disposing of furniture, bikes or household goods and ask if they’d like to donate it for re-use instead of recycling it or throwing it away. The response by the residents who use the HWRC has been extremely positive, and lots of people have commented that it’s a great idea, and why wasn’t it happening before? It seems so logical.
The project is staffed by a mixture of staff and volunteers from Bristol ReUse Network members, including FareShare South West, Sofa, Bristol Wood Recycling Project, re:work, Bristol Bike Project, the Patchwork Junkie, Children’s Scrapstore, Resource Futures, tangentfield, South Bristol Toy Library and the University of Bristol, as well as local residents with an interest in re-use.
The quality and quantity of salvaged items is phenomenal.
The pilot project started mid-January and is due to finish mid April, though we are sure we will be able to prove that there is sufficient demand to make it permanent. Meanwhile, we are looking for more partners to get involved both in working at the HWRC to save items, and in collecting the salvaged goods. For example on Sundays we struggle to take in any new items because the containers get filled up on Saturday. If you can help get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org