Recycle and reuse event proves a hit in Diss

The Give and Take Reuse event at the Youth and Community Centre at Diss. Organiser Joseph Webb, wast

The Give and Take Reuse event at the Youth and Community Centre at Diss. Organiser Joseph Webb, waste strategy officer for South Norfolk Council with the sorted donated items which local people can choose and take away. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016

Organisers of a reuse and recycle event hope it will change people's perceptions on using second-hand items.

The Give and Take Reuse event at the Youth and Community Centre at Diss. South Norfolk Council worke

The Give and Take Reuse event at the Youth and Community Centre at Diss. South Norfolk Council workers place the broken or unsafe electrical items on a vehicle to be taken away for recycling. From left, Andy McCall, Stuart Davies, Chris Ungermann, and Dermot Hogan. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016

The event was held at Diss Community Centre and residents were able to drop off unwanted textiles, furniture, books and working and non-working electrical items.

For the first time people were able to bring their unwanted paint which will be given to Wayland Prison for their inmate decoration course.

Unwanted tools were collected and will be given to the Men's Shed Project, an organisation where men can share tools and resources to work on projects.

Joe Webb, waste and environment strategy officer for South Norfolk Council, said: 'This is our fourth or fifth event in Diss. It has been non-stop since we opened. It has been an excellent event.


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'It is about changing perceptions away from recycling and towards reuse.'

All electrical items which were brought to the event were safety tested and if they passed were available for people to take away and those which did not pass were taken away to be recycled.

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At the end of the day all the items which were not taken away by residents will be donated to The British Heart Foundation and The Salvation Army.

Working with communities, South Norfolk Council has so far recycled more than 12,000 items, reused 5,000 and saved more than 100 tonnes of materials of materials going to landfill.

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