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11 months ago in Media release , Sustainability
(27/2/2019) Trash and treasure at new Freo Recycling Centre Reuse Shop

There are bargains galore to be found at the new Reuse Shop at the City of Fremantle’s recycling centre.

The Reuse Shop has a wide range of goods for sale – including furniture, camping gear, surf boards, gardening equipment, toys, books, DVDs and musical instruments.

They’re all unwanted items that Fremantle residents dropped off in the bulk waste area of the recycling centre.

Recycling centre officers go through the bulk waste during the week to separate and recover as much material as possible, select items that are still in good working order and clean them up for sale.

The City of Fremantle’s Resource Recovery Team Leader Conor Boyle said many of the items sold in the Reuse Shop would normally end up in landfill.

“As part of our One Planet Strategy we endorse the waste hierarchy of avoidance, reduce, reuse and recycle,” Mr Boyle said.

“We’re focused on diverting as much as possible from landfill and creating a sustainable recycling centre, so the opening of the Reuse Shop moves us closer to closing the loop on residents’ waste.

“All money raised through the shop is used to offset the cost of recycling and landfilling.”

Mr Boyle said there have been all sorts of weird and wonderful items to come through the recycling centre, including a mould for a giant foot.

“It lived at the centre for a few months until a resident took it to reuse as a bird bath in her garden,” Mr Boyle said.

“Also, for such a hot and dry part of Australia, it’s surprising how many snow boards come through.”

The City of Fremantle Recycling Centre, opposite the golf course on Montreal Street, is open on Fridays from noon-4pm and on Saturdays and Sundays from 8am-4pm.

The Reuse Shop is open from 8am-4pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

Only residents of the City of Fremantle and Town of East Fremantle can drop off recycling at the centre, but the Reuse Shop is open to everyone.

For more information visit the Fremantle Recycling Centre page on the City’s website.