Re-use shop now open in Sutton Coldfield
2 february 2013
The Re-users opened its doors this month, under the management of the employment and skills charity The Jericho Foundation, selling items no longer wanted by Birmingham citizens that had previously been sent to the Norris Way centre for recycling or disposal.
The project has been developed in partnership between Birmingham City Council and Jericho and supported by the city council’s waste management partner Veolia.
Staff from Jericho will collect useable items that are brought to them by willing members of the public who visit the site. Jericho employees will then restore, prepare and ultimately re-sell items that come into their possession from a unit at the site.
A wide range of items from bikes to televisions to cabinets will be accepted by The Re-users, which is currently refurbishing an un-used building on the site to act as its premises.
Cllr James McKay, Cabinet Member for a Green, Safe and Smart City at Birmingham City Council, said: “We are always looking for innovative ways to reuse materials and reduce the amount of waste the city generates – so this project is really great news.
“By working with the Jericho Foundation, we have a partner with the same environmental ambitions as the council, and who also shares our determination to create jobs and training opportunities, not only through its wider work but through its operation on the site.
“Anyone who goes to Norris Way should stop off at The Re-users before disposing of their waste, as it could be bought by someone in much greater need than themselves.”
Pete Smallwood of The Jericho Foundation added: “Jericho’s mission is to work with disadvantaged individuals and help them overcome barriers that stop them from becoming fulfilled skilled and employed.
“This new social enterprise will provide opportunities for paid and voluntary work experience as well as providing a service for local people to shop, donate and create from waste.”
Veolia’s existing onsite staff will help their counterparts from Jericho by encouraging visitors to Norris Way to consider dropping off their items with The Re-users.
Mark Heesom, General Manager for Veolia in Birmingham, said: “Veolia is committed to providing the best possible service to our customers, to minimising environmental impacts and to working with local community groups in a sustainable way.
“I am delighted that we have delivered this scheme as it is a clear win for the environment, our users, customers and many people who will benefit from the training opportunities presented. This demonstrates how we work with and support the voluntary sector and look forward to the scheme going from strength to strength.”