re3 is pleased to report a significant spark in the popularity of the Reuse Scheme available to residents of Bracknell Forest, Reading and Wokingham Boroughs. Only last year, the volume of goods donated by re3 residents doubled to over 630 tonnes, not only diverting the waste away from the landfill but also supporting a charitable cause.
re3 has been working with Sue Ryder since 2011, donating suitable items that can be resold to benefit thousands of people each year who are in need of care. Items that meet the minimum criteria set out by Sue Ryder are collected by the charity for sale in their shops. Last year residents left 45 tonnes of reusable items at the re3 Recycling Centres that were donated to Sue Ryder charity, which raised an astounding £17,772 to support palliative, neurological and bereavement care.
In addition, re3 found a new home for a further 587 tonnes of waste, including 160 tonnes of bric a brac and over 4,000 bikes. This is due to the co-operation with Precycle, a local company working with many UK charity organisations and specialising in collecting items that are later sold for reuse either in the UK or in developing countries. The most popular items that are suitable for reuse are furniture, books, small electrical appliances & vinyl records, however residents are welcome to bring a variety of items ranging from kitchenware and ceramics through to pushchairs, bikes, musical instruments or sports equipment.
David Borrett, Sue Ryder Commercial Director commented: “It’s great that residents of Bracknell Forest, Reading and Wokingham Boroughs donated more items towards this scheme in the last year. Their support has doubled which has meant we have raised nearly £18k that will go towards providing more care for more people. The re3 Reuse Scheme is a great initiative that diverts items away from landfill while supporting our palliative, neurological and bereavement care. We would like to thank everyone for their support and encourage them to continue to use re3 Recycling Centres to drop off their unwanted items on a regular basis.”
In a joint statement: Cllr Mrs Dorothy Hayes MBE, Bracknell Forest Council’s Executive Member for Environment and Chairman of the re3 Joint Waste Disposal Board, Cllr Sophia James, Reading Borough Council’s Lead Councillor for Neighbourhoods & Communities and Cllr Parry Batth, Wokingham Borough Council’s Executive Member for Environment and Leisure, added:
“We are always interested in new ways to prevent waste from being thrown away, saving money and helping protect our environment. Our re3 Reuse Scheme means a diverse range of products are now being re-homed, re-loved and re-used and what we are particularly proud of is that it also helps to raise a significant amount of money for charitable causes. We are very pleased to see the growth in popularity of the scheme and invite all residents to further use re3 Recycling Centres as their most convenient drop off point for all reusable items that currently clutter their homes.”
Items suitable for the Reuse Scheme:
bikes, bicycle helmets, books, vinyl records, CDs, DVDs and computer games, china, glassware & ornaments, fans and heaters; furniture, folding and stacking chairs/tables, guitars (electric) or pianos (battery), jewellery, plastic flowers, hanging baskets, plastics toys, pushchairs/cots/prams, mosses baskets, small electrical appliances, sports equipment; stainless steels taps and sinks/basins, stereos, speakers, headphones, suitcases/travel trollies/rucksacks, kitchenware, unused cosmetics and toiletries, vinyl records, wall clocks.
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