Items given a new lease of life at shop

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A shop in the borough full of pre-loved items is getting a second lease of life.

Following a successful trial in October, a pop-up store filled with rescued treasures destined for the dump is opening in Wallsend.

Staff at the Household Waste Recycling Centre, run on behalf of North Tyneside Council by SITA UK, have sorted through items brought in by residents.

A proportion of the profits will be donated to the council chairman’s charities – Help for Heroes and the Injured Rugby Players Foundation.

Council chairman Coun Janet Hunter said: “Not only will these two causes benefit, but people can pick up a bargain while helping the environment. It is fantastic so many items are being diverted from landfill and more ideas are being developed to recycle waste.”

Items on sale in October included furniture, sports equipment, garden tools, toys, books and bikes; and similar goods will be on sale when the shop opens its doors on December 7.

SITA UK regional manager Anna Bell said: “We aim to recycle as much of the waste delivered to the site as possible, but it is sometimes better to re-use items rather than recycle.

“We hope the opportunity to purchase these goods at a fraction of what they may cost new will help people during the current economic downturn as well as help the environment by reducing amount of waste that is sent to landfill.”

The pop-up shop will be open from 9am to noon on December 7.