May 4, 2017

Re-use shop


In South Shields there is or, was a few years ago when I saw it, a shop at a waste reception site which sells unwanted goods that might otherwise go in a skip. A useful service.

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  • erdouglas
    Jul 6, 2017

    Create a hub like TrashNothing where all free recycling/reuse organisations are registered and promoted. TN is a Recycling/reuse hub and promotes and supports organisations like Freecycle which is a global organisation #ilovefreegle.org is a free UK wide online forum where members can offer and/or request just about anything so long as it's free and legal. Freegle is a voluntary nonprofit with charitable status and has won many awards for its work in recycling/reuse working with organisations such as #Brighton Waste House and The Eden Project. Freegle had a presence at Glastonbury Festival to get people to use bins and to donate any camping or other equipment, clothes and anything else they didn't want to take home directly to Freegle so we could find new homes for it before it was ruined and sent to landfill. Members can offer anything they no longer need or want and arrange mutually convenient times to pick up. You can even offer broken white and electrical goods someone may be able to fix or use for spares and repair. Then post a wanted or respond to an offer of another washing machine, TV or cooker when they break down offer them up and get another. You never have to buy these things again. Freegle means Free Giving Locally Easily and has over 400 groups several in and around Newcastle. There are currently over 3.5 million members saving over 400 tonnes of perfectly useful stuff from landfill every 31 days. That's a conservative estimate as not all groups register their weights. Freegle is run entirely online by 1,000 dedicated unpaid volunteers who each pay their groups running costs from their own pockets since we have little regular funding. Many Councils refuse to promote organisations like ours because it butts heads with their own recycling/reuse (Subsidised sold at a reduced rate) because everything on Freegle is free. We're often told they can't promote us either because if they promote one they have to promote all recycling/reuse organisations ..Go figure. Freegle is not just for individuals Community and voluntary groups, Charities, Nonprofits, Homeless and other resource centres and many more can register to get the resources they need completely free of charge. Who wouldn't want a piece of that..
  • Caroline Prince
    Jul 6, 2017

    I live in the Byker wall, where litter and waste management are a huge problem. Being in a block of flats means I have no wheelie bin, and no recycling bin. Instead, we have 3 commercial sized bins, 1 of which has lost a wheel and has been turned upside down and unusable for about 6 months, so there are only 2. Every single day there are piles of waste on the floor around that whole are. Much of this is commonly mattresses, chairs, tables, TV units, baby items. This attracts several people who regularly come and sift through all this roadside detritis, and will go through bags within the bins themselves thinking there might be more. We do not have any recycling facilities whatsoever, so the amount of rubbish and life junk that collects there is always loads more than can fit in the two bins. My suggestion would be (apart from obviously providing recycling facilities in this area which would reduce volume hugely) to provide a container that is designed for items that are reusable and that people are welcome to come and look through. It happens anyway so why not embrace it, this would stop these people rifling through your personal garbage (do we still worry about identity theft?) because there would be a designated 'help yourself' spot. Charities would of course be welcome to have a look and help themselves, people just don't have the transport to take these items to the charity shop or to the tip. It really does worry me, the volume of rubbish that accumulates on Conyers Road in these bins. People don't differentiate recycling at all or resuable items, as there's no facility nearby, meaning every day it looks like a fly tipping mess with somebody's whole house, carpets and all, ripped out and spread around. A simple recycling and/or reusable option would make a huge difference.
  • pittyakker
    May 5, 2017

    In Sweden there are reduced rates of VAT on repairs , including reairs to clothing. Whilst it may not be possible to reduce taxes at a local level in the UK it would be possible to offer some form of incentive such as lower rates for repair shops, saving vouchers such as "City Stamps" which could be collected like the old Green Shield stamps and set against grocery shopping or even council services. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/sep/19/waste-not-want-not-sweden-tax-breaks-repairs