Pilot project to turn cast-offs into prize possessions

Staff in North Yorkshire’s household waste recycling centres are being trained to spot how one person’s cast-off items could be turned into prize possessions for others.

Northallerton Household waste recycling centre

As part of a 6-month pilot project, staff at the County Council’s Catterick Bridge and Northallerton Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) are being trained to help residents decide if any of their unwanted items are suitable to be donated to Frade, a local re-use charity. 

Frade will collect items including, tables, chairs, pictures, toys and all sorts of unwanted home and garden items from the centres, to sell in their Northallerton shop, which opened in November last year.

Yorwaste, which operates the recycling centres on behalf of the County Council, asked Frade to be involved in the trial due to the charity’s core values of reducing poverty, reducing waste and increasing employability.

Frade’s aim of reducing poverty means that they sell goods at affordable prices in their high street shops, offering further discounts for people on universal credit. The charity will also collect bulky items for free from the local area to sell in their ‘home starter’ kits which include essential furniture items to kit out a new home.

County Councillor Andrew Lee, Executive Member for Waste Management said: “One of our priorities is to divert waste away from disposal and look for innovative ways to re-use and recycle.”

“We also hope the trial will make life easier for HWRC customers by enabling them to donate items to Frade at the same time as taking other rubbish for disposal.”

Items donated at HWRCs will be collected by the charity and re-sold at affordable prices. The charity recruits volunteers of all ages from all walks of life, with the aims of tackling social isolation, helping people to learn new skills and increasing their chances of employment by providing experience through work placements.

“We’re delighted to be involved in the trial and we hope that some great items will be donated for us to restore and re-sell in our Northallerton shop which opened last month” said Michael Bertram, Chief Executive Officer of Frade.

“This is another fantastic way for us to support the local community by selling household goods at an affordable price and giving people the chance to volunteer, make new friends and learn new skills.” 

Emma Bagley, Contracts Management at Yorwaste said: “The new year is a great time to start the trial when people might be taking the opportunity to have a clear out - the Household Waste Recycling Centres provide a huge opportunity to harvest items for reuse, so we hope the trial will be a success and the idea can be rolled out across North Yorkshire.”

Goods can be donated now at Northallerton and Catterick Bridge Household Waste Recycling sites. Read more about Frade.

This story was published 13 January 2020