Reuse at Bristol Waste
Our reuse shop will be open from Thursday 3 December.
Reuse at Bristol Waste
We are happy to announce the Reuse Shop will be reopening on Thursday 3rd December. We are committed to keeping volunteers, customers and staff safe by limiting visitors to the shop to 6 people at a time (children under 5 do not count towards this limit). Everyone must wear a mask inside the shop with medical exemptions only, hand sanitiser and a one way system are also in place.
At Bristol Waste, we have a clear opportunity we have 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.
In June 2020 we opened our first reuse shop in our Avonmouth Reuse and Recycling Centre. A second shop is planned at our third Reuse and Recycling site in South Bristol. 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.
Our brand new reuse shop
Our brand-new reuse shop is open at Avonmouth Recycling Centre, filled with low cost goods, from TV's to toys and furniture to vacuums – all diverted from the waste stream! Open 7 days a week between 10am and 3pm. All items for sale have been saved from going to waste, with the income generated used to fund and further develop the company's reuse work, and a percentage donated to local charities.
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 do not bring items for donation into the Reuse Shop itself.
What we sell
We sell everything from wooden tables and chairs to TVs and game consoles, to paint. Our stock is made up of items saved from the scrap heap at our Recycling Centres in St Phillips and Avonmouth. The money raised from selling the items goes back into Reuse at Bristol Waste Company, and 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.
We are excited to be extending our opening times to Saturday and Sunday in December – we will be open 7 days a week between 10am and 3pm until Sunday 20 December.
The shop has it’s own entrance and parking, so you can make a visit without visiting the Recycling Centre. If there is a queue for the Recycling Centre, you can 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.
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 test all electrical items and function test too – this ensures 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 first, but the types of things we accept are:
- Wooden furniture (we don’t accept flat pack furniture if it’s been taken apart)
- Chest of drawers
- Armchairs and sofas (must have a fire label)
- TVs (ideally with the remote/power lead)
- Amps/sound equipment/speakers
- Record players
- Children’s toys and games
Do you want to help make reuse a success?
We are always looking for volunteers to help in the Reuse Shop, so 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 think you’ve got a skill you’d like to offer please tell us. 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