Waste management centre reuse shop

24 August 2016

AlburyCity has taken a step closer to establishing a reuse shop at Albury Waste Management Centre to give new life to unwanted items and divert goods from landfill.

Council tonight shortlisted Aware Industries - a Border not-for-profit organisation that provides meaningful employment for people with disabilities – for negotiations to operate the reuse shop.

The reuse shop could potentially create jobs for 10 or more local people, including some with disabilities, long-term job seekers and people retraining for new roles.

It will be open to residents to shop and give new life to unwanted items and accept direct donations of quality unwanted household goods. It will operate separately from the general waste disposal areas and Albury Waste Management Centre will operate as normal.

The reuse shop is expected to open in December, following the opening of a new recycling centre in October.

AlburyCity Mayor Henk van de Ven said the reuse shop was great news on several fronts.

“This is a new business opportunity that will help to reduce waste to landfill, give residents the chance to shop and give new life to unwanted goods and create jobs for people who really need opportunities,” Cr van de Ven said.

“It’s anticipated the new recycling centre and the reuse shop will divert an extra 12,000 tonne of waste –  that’s the weight of about 240 homes  –  from local landfill every year.

“That’s great news for our community because it will help to extend the life of the landfill and create job opportunities for residents.”

Aware Industries employ about 115 people and its work was recognised at the 2014 and 2015 Albury Wodonga Business Chamber Awards.