New year, new reuse shops

Four of Warwickshire’s household waste recycling centres are to have brand new and improved re-use shops in the new year.

From early 2012, the household waste recycling centres at Cherry Orchard (Kenilworth), Shipston, Stockton and Wellesbourne will all be improved but, in the meantime, visitors should be aware that the sites will be without shops from 1st December until the new shops arrive.

Warwickshire County Council is working together with Warwickshire Community and Voluntary Action (WCAVA) and the Heart of England Community Foundation to develop an innovative scheme to enhance the re-use shopping experience at these sites. Although work is in its early stages, all parties are very positive about the potential benefits of this partnership approach.

These reuse shops will open their doors to the public in  the new year, giving Warwickshire residents the opportunity to donate items after Christmas that may otherwise be destined for landfill.

Due to logistics and the nature of the improvements, the current reuse cabins at Cherry Orchard (Kenilworth), Shipston, Grendon, Stockton and Wellesbourne are having to close from 1st December to make way for the new shops to open in early 2012.

During this time, re-use shops will still be open at Age UK at Hunters Lane in Rugby, Shakespeare Hospice at Burton Farm in Stratford and Sue Ryder at Princes Drive in Leamington Spa.

These shops will still be open as normal throughout December and the Christmas period to take any good quality household items that are no longer required.

The shop at the Grendon site will be the only shop not to re-open as a brand new purpose-built facility and shop is opening at Lower House Farm towards the end of 2012.

Laura Vesty, HWRC sites manager, said.  “We appreciate that there will be a small gap when re-use shops will not be available.  This has been caused by our working hard with our partners at CAVA and the Heart of England Community Foundation to iron out the details and ensure that the shops remain a high-quality service.

“We are confident that we have achieved that and hope that the slight delay in providing the service will not cause residents too many problems and look forward to opening the new, improved re-use shops in the new year.”

Please visit www.warwickshire.gov.uk/hwrc to find your nearest re-use shop.