Reuse at Bristol Waste

The Reuse Shop at Avonmouth recycling centre is open 7 days a week, from 10am – 3pm.

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Reuse at Bristol Waste

Reuse shop

We are committed to keeping volunteers, customers and staff safe and will continue to wear a face covering in store. We kindly ask visitors to do the same.

At Bristol Waste, we have an opportunity to divert good condition, fit-for-purpose items from the waste stream and get them into the hands of people who can use them.

Since our founding, reuse has been a key part of our vision. Our reuse team has established relationships with partners who can take items from our recycling centres, refurbish them and put them back into the community and into use.

Want to volunteer?

We are looking for people to join our volunteer team in the Avonmouth branch and the Little Reuse Shop in St Philips Reuse and Recycling Centre.

History of the shop

In June 2020 we opened our first reuse shop in our Avonmouth Reuse and Recycling Centre. A second shop has also opened in St Philips Household Waste Recycling Centre. By opening these shops for the residents of Bristol and beyond, we believe we have improved upon the great work already started by reuse-focused organisations in Bristol.

We also have an eBay shop where we put specialist items for sale as well as some of the usual items that we would normally be selling in the shop.

Our reuse shop

Jo, our Reuse Manager, talks us through the Reuse journey so far!

Rehome your unwanted items here at the Reuse Shop

Donations

If you have items suitable for reuse please place these inside our Reuse shipping container – located on the lower level of the Recycling Centre at Avonmouth. Please leave items here for our reuse team to sort through, items we can accept are taken into our workshop to be cleaned and checked. Please do not take items from the drop off point.

Little Reuse Shop

A Little Reuse Shop has opened in St Philips Household Waste Recycling Centre. You can drop off donations and brows items for sale.

For your safety, all visitors must arrive in a vehicle. We cannot allow people to walk into the recycling centre.

Visit the Little Reuse Shop
Bristol Waste Reuse sale with wooden furniture and electrical items.

What we sell

We sell everything from wooden tables and chairs, to TVs and game consoles, to paint. Our stock is made up of direct donations and items saved from the scrap heap at our Recycling Centres in St Phillips and Avonmouth.

Buy a a second hand bike at the Reuse Shop

Buy a nice used bike

We’re literally re-cycling! Second-hand bicycles are now for sale at the Reuse Shop. Volunteers have safety checked each bike thoroughly so you can hop straight on and whiz around Bristol, enjoying life back in the saddle.

St Peter's Hospice volunteer sitting at a table at a reuse event

What happens to the money raised?

The majority of money raised from selling the items goes back into running Reuse at Bristol Waste Company. However, the aim has always been to raise money to support local charities and as such, a third of the profit goes to charity. So whether you’re buying items or donating items you’re helping Bristol Waste nothing and supporting amazing charities including St Peter’s Hospice.

St Peter's Hospice

Opening hours

We are open 7 days a week between 10am and 3pm.

The shop has its own entrance and parking. This means you can make a visit without having to visit the Recycling Centre. If there is a queue for the Recycling Centre, make yourself known to a member of staff at the site, or phone 0117 304 9590, to be directed straight to the shop.

Please note that you cannot access the Recycling Centre from the shop, so if you are visiting both, you may choose to use the Recycling Centre first.

The shop is open to non-Bristol residents and the current number plate system that is running at our recycling centres does not apply to people visiting the reuse shop.

Visit us

2891

Reuse Shop

Avonmouth HRRC
Kings Weston Lane
Avonmouth
Bristol
BS11 0YS

0117 304 9590

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Our award-winning reuse team

In October 2018, only seven months after our projects began, the reuse team was delighted to have been awarded Best Waste Minimisation or Prevention Project by the Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee (LARAC) for their work diverting various types of reusable items from the waste stream.

Which items to donate

We take electrical items which are in working order, at the moment we cannot do repairs on items which don’t work. We PAT and function test all electrical items to ensure items are safe to use and in good working order. Any furniture with fabric upholstery must have a fire label attached for us to be able to sell it.

Please check with a member of staff before donating to make sure we are able to accept your donation.

Types of things we accept

  • Wooden furniture (no flat pack furniture please)
    • tables, chairs, wardrobes etc.
  • Armchairs and sofas (must have a fire label)
  • Vacuums
  • TVs (with remote and power lead)
  • Amps/sound equipment/speakers
  • Record players
  • Lamps/lights
  • Mirrors
  • Bric-a-brac
    • e.g. crockery, ornaments, clocks etc
  • Children’s toys and games

Where to put items

If you have items suitable for reuse please place these inside our Reuse shipping container – located on the lower level of the Recycling Centre at Avonmouth. We quarantine items for 72 hours before bringing them into our workshop to be checked and cleaned. Please don’t bring donations into the Reuse Shop itself.

Do you want to help make reuse a success?

We’re always  on the lookout for volunteers to help in the Reuse Shop! If you’re keen to give some of your time and energy, please complete the short form on the link below and we will be in touch. There’s a range of roles from function testing electrical items, to upcycling wooden furniture or helping out on the shop floor. If you’ve got a skill you’d like to offer please get in touch.

We can help with travel expenses. For more details download this job description and to apply, click on the link below to tell us about yourself.

Reuse volunteer roles
Community RePaint team at Reuse sale selling paint
Community RePaint logo

Community RePaint

Are you thinking of decorating? We joined the Community RePaint Network in 2020 and stock paint at our Reuse Shop in Avonmouth. Simply visit us when the shop is open to purchase paint. We recommend calling ahead if there is specific paint you are after, to check that we have it in stock. For more information about Community RePaint visit: Community RePaint