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