Recycling and re-use

Our recycling centres

We've been at the centre of recycling and re-use since we opened our first shop over 50 years ago.

Like other charities, we've made the best use of unwanted items. We've sorted, cleaned and then made the items available to be used again through our high street shops. This way, we've stopped thousands of tonnes of waste from ending up in landfill each year.

Now, as government and local authorities have pushed recycling high up their agendas, we’re using our experience as retailers and recyclers to work in partnership with them - developing innovative ways to making donating easier; continuing to raise income for the charity, as well as helping the environment.

Two innovative retail recycling projects

Smallmead and Longshot Lane HWRC 

We're working with ‘re3'; a partnership between Bracknell Forest, Reading and Wokingham Borough Council and Waste Recycling Group, to divert re-usable items from their Smallmead and Longshot Lane HWRCs. With advice from Sue Ryder, Waste Recycling Group staff advise householders who visit the site which of their items are suitable for re-use, and the items are set aside.

We collect the reusable items from the HWRCs each week, and take them to our local charity shops in Sandhurst and Shinfield Road, Reading. The proceeds help support our local Nettlebed and Duchess of Kent hospices.

Since the scheme started in March 2011, 19 tonnes of household items have been stopped from ending up in landfill and have been re-used.

Harpenden re-use store

In partnership with Hertfordshire County Council and their waste contractor Waste Recycling Group, we operate the re-use store on the Council's Harpenden HWRC. We'll be the first to run the Council's purpose-built, re-use facility. Householders can donate re-usable items directly at the store and buy good quality, affordable items here.


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