Oldham’s representative on the Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority, Councillor Pete Davis, attended the launch of Oldham’s ‘Renew’ shop at Arkwright Street Household Waste and Recycling Centre alongside Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham last week.
The Oldham Renew shop is one of three across Greater Manchester which re-sells repaired and refurbished goods that may otherwise have gone to landfill. It is a not-for-profit operation with takings from the sale of items at the shops being donated to local charities.
Items sold at the renew shops include books, furniture, ornaments, and even musical instruments. It is estimated that the shops could divert up to 600 tonnes of waste away from landfill each year.
Councillor Davis said, “This is a fantastic initiative. One of my hobbies is tinkering with and repairing old motorbikes and so I am absolutely on board with the principle of fixing things up and getting more use out of them.
“The charity angle of this is great too and I look forward to many local good causes receiving donations from the takings at these shops.”
Containers for donations of items that could be given new life and resold in the Renew stores are located at 14 other Recycling sites across Greater Manchester in addition to the one at Arkwright Street.
The Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority oversees the processing of municipal waste from more than 1 million households in Greater Manchester. Each year that equates to approximately 1.1million tonnes of material.
Each of the nine member Councils nominate Councillors to represent their areas on the Authority with Councillor Peter Davis serving as Oldham’s representative.