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Councils join forces to open new Reuse Electricals shop
Date
Wed, 29 Jul 2020
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An innovative new shop aimed at boosting the reuse of electrical goods has opened thanks to a new joint venture between East Riding of Yorkshire Council and Hull City Council.

Every year, thousands of working fridges, freezers, washing machines and other large domestic appliances are taken to household waste and recycling centres across the East Riding and Hull areas.

Many of these items are still of good quality and as a result, the two councils have partnered with Dove House Hospice and recycling site managers FCC Environment, to launch a new reuse project which specifically targets these items.

The reuse project encourages residents to donate their unwanted large domestic appliances at one of the 13 household waste recycling sites located in the two areas.

If they are still in good working order, and pass safety tests, they will go on sale in the new Reuse Electricals shop at 254 Marfleet Lane, Hull, which opened on Friday 24 July.

All the proceeds will go to Dove House Hospice.

The two councils were successful in bidding for £100,000 in funding from the Distributor Takeback Scheme fund for Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment recycling (WEEE) to get the project off the ground.

The scheme has created three new jobs for local residents and it's predicted it will benefit around 1,750 low income households in the Hull and East Riding areas.

Paul Tripp, head of streetscene services, said: "Up until now, we have had to send away goods like washing machines and fridge-freezers for recycling, but thanks to the new shop, thousands of unwanted electrical goods will now be going to benefit local residents.

"The project will also raise money for a worthy cause and have a positive impact on the environment, building on the success of the council's recycling record."

The shop is open from Tuesday to Saturday, 9am to 5pm, and will sell items including fridges, freezers, washing machines, dishwashers, tumble dryers, cookers, microwave ovens, and single/double ovens.

Both Hull and East Riding residents will also benefit from free delivery of the purchased goods.

This is the second reuse shop venture opened by the two council's and FCC Environment, following the success of the Reuse Shop at the Humberfield household waste recycling centre in Hessle, which opened in 2015, and now benefits the Dove House charity.

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