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What goodies and usual items will you find at Norfolk’s latest reuse shop?

PUBLISHED: 15:13 02 February 2018 | UPDATED: 15:14 02 February 2018

Ashill recycling centre open their new onsite shop where people can buy items. L-r cllr Martin Wilby, Jenny Cross, NCC waste reduction officer, Cllr Fabian Eagle and Kevin Ashwood from the centre. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2018

Ashill recycling centre open their new onsite shop where people can buy items. L-r cllr Martin Wilby, Jenny Cross, NCC waste reduction officer, Cllr Fabian Eagle and Kevin Ashwood from the centre. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2018

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Superhero figures, a dolls house and an old clock are just some of the items you might find at Norfolk’s newest reuse shop.

Ashill recycling centre open their new onsite shop where people can buy items.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2018 Ashill recycling centre open their new onsite shop where people can buy items. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2018

Situated at the Ashill Recycling Centre, near Watton, it is the ninth shop of its kind to be opened by Norfolk County Council.

Staff are hoping visitors may find themselves a rare or unusual find.

Earlier this year a 286-year-old book was donated to the reuse shop at Strumpshaw. It is believed the Dictionary of the Holy Bible, which was printed in 1732, has already been snapped up by a lucky buyer.

County councillor Martin Wilby, chairman of the environment, development and transport committee, said: “This historical book may just be the oldest thing ever brought to one of our reuse shops – it’s certainly not an everyday find.

Ashill recycling centre open their new onsite shop where people can buy items.
Kevin Ashwood from the recycling centre
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2018 Ashill recycling centre open their new onsite shop where people can buy items. Kevin Ashwood from the recycling centre Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2018

“I’m very proud that we have opened our ninth reuse shop at Ashill and wonder if anything like the Dictionary of the Holy Bible turns up there .

“It really does show that you never know what you might find when you visit one of our reuse shops.”

The authority’s first reuse shop was opened at the recycling centre in King’s Lynn nine years ago.

There are now shops based at Caister, Dereham, Hempton, Ketteringham, Mayton Wood, Strumpshaw and Thetford recycling centres.

The Dictionary of the Holy Bible found at the reuse shop at Strumpshaw. Picture: Norfolk County Council The Dictionary of the Holy Bible found at the reuse shop at Strumpshaw. Picture: Norfolk County Council

Donations of good quality second-hand household items are taken and sold at car boot prices.

It helps to reduce the amount of unwanted items going to waste and the income from the sales helps to offset the cost of providing the recycling centre service.

Last year a £157,231 contribution was made from the shops towards the cost of the centres.

Fabian Eagle, county councillor for the Brecks division, which includes Ashill, said: “Ashill is a well-used recycling centre with over 26,000 visitors in the last year and it’s great that local people will now have the chance to bring along unwanted items that otherwise may well have simply been thrown away.

Ashill recycling centre open their new onsite shop where people can buy items.
Jenny Cross, NCC waste reduction officer
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2018 Ashill recycling centre open their new onsite shop where people can buy items. Jenny Cross, NCC waste reduction officer Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2018

“I’ll certainly be on the lookout now for a bargain every time I visit.”

In 2016/17 740 tonnes of items passed through the eight reuse shops, an increase of 157 tonnes on the previous year.

A cut of proceeds from the shops is also being donated to charity.

Ashill recycling centre open their new onsite shop where people can buy items.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2018 Ashill recycling centre open their new onsite shop where people can buy items. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2018

Ashill recycling centre open their new onsite shop where people can buy items.
Cllr Fabian Eagle
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2018 Ashill recycling centre open their new onsite shop where people can buy items. Cllr Fabian Eagle Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2018

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