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Project to restore borough’s unwanted goods will help young and unemployed

All too often we dump items of household furniture and electrical goods without considering if they could be of use to someone else.

But you can actually extend the life of your unwanted goods by bringing them to a Restore collection point at your local recycling centre.

From bicycles to bedframes, cookers to coffee tables, wardrobes to washing machines, Restore allows unwanted items to receive a new lease of life by being reconditioned to a high standard before being sold to the public at very reasonable prices.

Established in June 2009, Restore is a facility based at the Community Recycling Centre, Scarva Road, Banbridge. This pioneering project was the first of its kind to be established and run by a council in Northern Ireland.

Initially items destined for Restore would have to be brought directly to the Banbridge site but now collection points have been set up in all council recycling centres throughout the borough, making donating your unwanted items much more straightforward.

Speaking of the initiative, Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon, Councillor Darryn Causby said: “Restore is an innovative resource that benefits the whole community. Rather than dumping your unwanted items of furniture and electrical goods, simply drop them off at one of the many collection points across the borough.

“By donating items you will be saving precious landfill space and reduce the borough’s waste handling and disposal costs, plus create a valuable social role by offering training opportunities for young people and the long-term unemployed.”

All profits from the sale of the refurbished items are invested back into the venture and used to help make Restore a commercially self-sustaining enterprise.

The council have also teamed up with Rotary International of Britain and Ireland on another innovative recycling venture, the Bikes4Africa charity campaign.

Bikes4Africa, one of a number of charities Restore supports, help those in some of the poorest parts of the world by refurbishing donated second-hand bikes and delivering them to African schools where they make a valuable difference for the children, their families and communities.

Unwanted bicycles can now be donated to the Bikes4Africa project at any of the council’s Community Recycling Centres. This simple act will help make a real life-changing difference for those who need it most.

Restore is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. To check stock availability or to find out more about donating goods, telephone 028 4066 0656.

Picture: Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council Lord Mayor, Cllr Darryn Causby and Chair of the Environmental Services Committee Alderman Arnold Hatch joined Rotarians from Banbridge, Lurgan and Portadown Rotary Club at the Restore Centre, Banbridge as they collected refurbished bicycles for distribution, through the ‘Jolly Rider Charity’, in Africa, included is  President Ernest Lawson and Waste Environmental Manager Lynsey Daly.

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