Reuse at Bristol Waste
The Reuse Shop at Avonmouth recycling centre is open 7 days a week, from 10am – 3pm.
Reuse at Bristol Waste
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 at Avonmouth, St Philips and Hartcliffe Way Reuse and Recycling Centre.
Avonmouth – The Reuse Shop is open 7 days a week between 10am and 3pm.
St Philips – The Little Reuse Shop is open 7 days a week between 8am and 6:45pm
Hartcliffe Way – The Reuse Shop will be open Mon – Fri 9am – 4pm
Our reuse shop
Jo, our Reuse Manager, talks us through the Reuse journey so far!
Avonmouth Reuse Shop
The shop has its own entrance and parking. This means you can visit without having to book with 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.
Little Reuse Shop
A Little Reuse Shop is open 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. This means you will need to book to visit the Little Reuse Shop.
Hartcliffe Way Reuse Shop
One of the largest Reuse Shops and workshops in the region; selling and repairing good quality, pre-loved items that might otherwise have gone to waste. The Reuse Shop at Hartcliffe way only accepts furniture, electricals and DIY things. You do not need to book to visit this Reuse Shop.
The Reuse Shop at Hartcliffe Way will be open Mon – Fri 9am – 4pm.
If you have items suitable for reuse please place these inside our Reuse shipping containers located at Avonmouth, St Philips and Hartcliffe Way Reuse and Recycling Centres. Please leave items here for our reuse team to sort through. They will be taken into the workshop to be cleaned and checked. Please do not take items from the drop off point.
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, Avonmouth and Hartcliffe Way.
Buy a nice used bike
We are 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.
Collect your compost
Make your garden bloom using garden waste from other peoples cuttings. Buy 15 litters for just £1 and complete Bristol’s green garden circle economy.
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.
History of the shop
In June 2020 we opened our first reuse shop in our Avonmouth Reuse and Recycling Centre. A second Little Reuse Shop opened in St Philips Household Waste Recycling Centre in 2022 and then another in the same year at Hartcliffe Way 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 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)
- TVs (with remote and power lead)
- Amps/sound equipment/speakers
- Record players
- 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 at Avonmouth, St Philips and Hartcliffe Way Reuse and Recycling Centres. Please do not 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.
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