Reuse at Bristol Waste
The Reuse Shop at Avonmouth recycling centre is open 7 days a week, from 10am – 3pm.
Reuse at Bristol Waste
We are committed to keeping volunteers, customers and staff safe and will continue to wear face covering in store. We kindly ask visitors to do the same.
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.
History of the shop
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.
We also have an ebay site where we put specialist items for sale as well as some of the usual items that we would normally be selling in the shop. Check it out and see if you can find yourself a bargain.
Our brand new reuse shop
Jo, our Reuse Manager, talks us through the Reuse journey so far!
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 direct donations and items saved from the scrap heap at our Recycling Centres in St Phillips and Avonmouth.
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.
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.
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 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.
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