April 2021

Clear Out to support a good cause: Suffolk County Council rallies locals for donations

Suffolk County Council and FCC Environment are urging Suffolk residents to ‘Clear Out to support a good cause’ this spring by donating good quality but unwanted items for resale at its two re-use shops, due to reopen on 12 April along with other non-essential retail outlets.

Located at Bury St Edmunds and Foxhall Recycling Centres (RCs), the stores are operated by The Benjamin Foundation to aid their work across Norfolk and Suffolk helping young people and families.

Residents can declutter and drop items off at any of Suffolk’s 11 recycling centres, open six days a week including throughout lockdown. All they need to do is book an appointment online and follow COVID safety measures once there, such as wearing a mask and adhering to social distancing rules.

Dropping donations at Suffolk’s RCs is just one of the ways to make some space in the cupboards whilst helping out fantastic local causes. Items of particular interest include TVs, monitors, PCs, Sky boxes, DVD players, consoles, laptops, power tools, hoovers and lawn mowers. Each is checked over and tested before being resold at the Bury St Edmunds and Foxhall shops.

Steve Palfrey, Assistant Director of Waste and Environment at Suffolk County Council, said:
“We welcome Suffolk residents donating unwanted goods to support local charities. By donating and purchasing for re-use, you are giving items a new lease of life as well as showing support for charities which help so many people across the county.”

Paul Smith, Contract Manager at FCC Environment, added:
“With donations being accepted across the Suffolk sites, it’s incredibly easy for residents to find a new home for unwanted goods that are taking up space in their homes. We look forward to reopening the two re-use shops next month and encourage locals to show their support, whether that’s through donations or purchases.”

Suffolk County Council has recycling centres in Bury St Edmunds, Felixstowe, Foxhall, Hadleigh, Haverhill, Ipswich, Leiston, Lowestoft, Mildenhall, Stowmarket and Sudbury.

Both of the Bury St Edmunds and Foxhall re-use shops stock a selection of electricals, toys, furniture and books, for those looking to bag a bargain whilst supporting a worthwhile, local cause.

Paul Sinclair, Operations Manager at The Benjamin Foundation, said:
“The income generated by the stores at Bury St Edmunds and Foxhall are essential to our operation across Norfolk and Suffolk. We are seeing more and more people needing our assistance due to the pandemic and current economic climate. Donations to the stores and the profit raised from these ensure we can support as many families and individuals as possible and help them to see a brighter future.”

For more information, visit suffolkrecycling.org.uk