The resource management company has set up the shop in partnership with Hull City Council and East Riding of Yorkshire Council. It will sell products reclaimed from recycling centres operated by FCC Environment.

The store in Hull is the first shop to be run entirely by FCC Environment, having set up similar schemes across the country with local charities.

Transform goods

FCC Environment group development director Richard Belfield said: “Our aim is to capture reusable items being take to the Household Waste Recycling Centres which means we can transform goods that would have been disposed of as waste into a valuable resource.”

Belfield added: “Opening and operating our own reuse shop ensures that a range of reusable goods, such as push bikes and furniture items, are reused instead of going to landfill.”

Hull City councillor John Black said: “As a council we are extremely passionate with a good track record of recycling.”

Some of the money raised by the reuse shop will be donated to charities chosen by councillors.

“I hope residents will support the new reuse shop and buy household items that are still in good working order whilst raising money for some very worthwhile charities,” added Black.

Reuse economics

UK resource group WRAP estimates more than 200,000 jobs could be created in the UK by developing a circular economy model, ensuring reuse and recycling are embedded into the nation’s economy.

Figures from WRAP state reuse of products and materials helps save raw materials which prevented 1.5m tonnes of CO2 being emitted in 2012. The group estimates UK households benefitted £6bn from the reuse sector by selling on unwanted items.

WRAP has previously called for greater collaboration and partnerships within the third sector to increase the reuse of products.

Matt Field

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