LOROS to open shop at city’s new recycling centre

Published on 26 March 2015

PEOPLE will be able to enjoy a spot of charity shopping on their trip to the tip when a new recycling centre opens in Leicester next month.

Leicester City Council has teamed up with local hospice charity LOROS to launch a ‘Reuse shop' within its new household waste recycling centre at Gypsum Close.

The new centre is due to open on Wednesday, 15 April, and LOROS will have its newest charity shop open and ready for business on site.

It means that people using the new recycling centre will also be able to donate any reusable items to the charity or shop for a second-hand bargain. Profits from the shop will go to LOROS.

John Knight, Chief Executive of LOROS, said: "This exciting partnership with Leicester City Council is a great opportunity for both of our organisations.

"We will be helping to reduce landfill, allowing people to buy bargains and most importantly raising funds to help the 2,500 patients we care for each year."

The city council has awarded LOROS the contract to run the reuse shop at Gypsum Close recycling centre following a competitive tendering process.

Cllr Sarah Russell, Assistant City Mayor for neighbourhoods, said: “This is the first time we’ve offered a reuse shop at our household waste recycling centres and I’m really pleased that LOROS are on board to help make it a success.

“Reusing items is the simplest way of reducing waste. We want to make it as easy as possible for people to donate any reusable items to LOROS on their trip to the tip.

“It will be great for anyone having a clear out, fantastic for people hunting for second-hand bargains, and hopefully a big help for this fantastic charity.”

Gypsum Close recycling centre has been built to replace the facility currently running at Bridge Road, which is too small to meet growing demand.

The construction of the new £3.5milllion facility has been funded entirely with Government cash following the city council’s successful bid to Weekly Collection Support Scheme.

Built on the site of a former brick factory on 1.3 hectares of unused council land, the new facility is five times the size of Bridge Road.

The increased capacity at Gypsum Close will make it easier and quicker for people to drop off household waste for recycling.

Local businesses will also be able to use the new centre as a convenient and affordable trade waste disposal and recycling service.

Almost 19,000 tonnes of waste was collected at the city’s two recycling centres last year. Over 60 per cent of this was sorted and sent for recycling or composting.

On average, there are around 200 to 300 visitors to the city council’s household waste recycling centres per day.