Brighton and Hove City Council has been working in partnership with Sussex Central YMCA since 2006 to provide a variety of community-based bulky waste re-use schemes. The wide range of items diverted to re-use and recycling includes furniture, electrical items, bric-a-brac, bicycles and paint, producing income for local charitable objectives.
In 2010/11 the charity re-used on average seven tonnes of household items per month, totalling 84 tonnes across all of its schemes.
In an innovative approach to increasing re-use, Veolia, the council’s waste management contractor, leases an area of the Hove Household Waste Recycling Centre to the charity as a re-usable item drop-off point and shop. If members of the public using the site have re-usable items they are directed to the shop by Veolia staff. This activity is in addition to the five shops run by Sussex Central YMCA across the Brighton area.
The charity also works with the council transport team to collect bicycles for re-use and working spares. This arrangement has proved very successful – during nine months of 2011 the charity refurbished, repaired and sold more than 200 bikes.