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Tired of your toaster? Don’t throw it away

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: January 03, 2013

By GARETH BUTTERFIELD

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AN ASHBOURNE recycling charity is appealing to families to bring them any household goods this year.

Encore Reuse, which sells furniture and electrical items from its base in Mayfield Road, wants people to remember its service before they stash items in a cupboard or lock them away in a shed.

The charity, which costs around £120,000 pear year to run, relies on the products it collects from members of the public, which are sold on to its customers.

Items that can be valuable to the self-sustaining project include vacuums, kettles, radios, microwaves, fridges, washing machines and other working items.

Manager John Howells said: “The tough economic times mean that people are not buying or donating items as much. We sometimes worry that the collection van will come back with nothing that we can use.

“Also we don’t want people to use us as a clearance house just to get rid of broken or battered things. We need good quality, resalable items that people will take pride in – that is the only way we can keep going.”

Mr Howells has also put out a call to anyone that can spare time to help out.

He added: “Encore is always keen to welcome new volunteers on board. “As a charity, we rely upon the generosity of local people giving their time to help others.

“We’ll give people training that helps them develop new skills through valuable work experience in a business environment. It’s a chance to meet new people and have fun too.

“Plus people have the opportunity to make a difference to people in their local community.”

The projects carried out by volunteers also create training and employment opportunities as volunteers learn how to log, test and clean items for sale, maintain collection vehicles, organise stock in the showroom and provide high quality customer service.

Some staff are also trained to pass an electrical testing course so they can make sure all donated items to be sold are safe.

Items that volunteers will be happy to head out into the Ashbourne area and collect include fridges, freezers, electric cookers and washing machines. Donations that need to be dropped off at the warehouse include microwaves, vacuum cleaners, food mixers, coffee machines and kettles.

To find out more call 01335 300907 or email encore_reuse@btconnect.com

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