New reuse opportunity at Harlow recycling centre to support those in need

Charity / Sun 18th Dec 2022 at 09:58am

A NEW partnership between Essex County Council (ECC) and the Lighthouse Furniture Project has been launched giving residents new opportunities to donate electrical items for repair and reuse.

Residents visiting Brentwood, Chelmsford and Harlow Recycling Centres can now donate larger electrical appliances for repair and reuse and distribution amongst those in need.

Items such as electric cookers, washing machines, fridges and freezers are accepted and collected from the sites by Lighthouse.

They are then repaired and refurbished if required before being tested by Lighthouse engineers.

These items are passed on or sold at affordable prices in the local community.

This exciting new partnership benefits individuals and families in need, who may be struggling with the cost of living.

It also minimises waste in Essex by keeping items in use longer by repair and refurbishment.

The scheme may be extended to further recycling centres in the future.

Peter Everett, CEO of the Lighthouse Furniture Project said: “As a charity and social enterprise Lighthouse is excited about this opportunity to access electrical appliances from their local recycling centres.

“Each appliance we can reuse will help us meet the increasing demand for low-cost appliances that can be accessed by anyone that needs them.

“It’s great to know that as local residents donate to Lighthouse through the drop off points, their washing machines, cookers and refrigeration will be helping support others across Essex and making an environmental impact at the same time.”

Cllr Malcolm Buckley, Essex County Council Cabinet Member for Waste Reduction and Recycling, said: “I’m delighted to see this partnership with the Lighthouse Furniture Project come to fruition and deliver positive impacts to support the local community.

“Working like this with others helps to protect our natural resources through the repair and the efficient reuse of materials.”

For more information on the Lighthouse Furniture Project and how you can support them, please visit http://www.lighthousefurniture.org.  

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2 Comments for New reuse opportunity at Harlow recycling centre to support those in need:

Kelly Byford
2022-12-18 11:57:21

Good idea, Ware have a reuse shop of various items from sofas to electrical items would be great if Harlow had the same

2022-12-19 09:03:11

Excellent idea and it would be good to extend the scheme to cover all goods and waste that can be recycled including those made of wood, the price of which is sky high. Recycling timber also saves trees! All Councils should work in partnership with charites and businesses to do recycle in this way. In some other countries charities and businesses are encouraged to set up shop at the Council recycling centres. Works well because people can also get items repaired.

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