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Bury St Edmunds charity Gatehouse 'hopeful' after missing out on waste hub contract

Bury St Edmunds charity Gatehouse is 'hopeful' after missing out on a contract at the town’s new waste hub.

Norwich-based The Benjamin Foundation has been chosen to run the reuse shop at the new Bury Recycling Centre, in Fornham St Martin, after it opens next month.

The charity also runs an existing shop at the Foxhall recycling centre, in Ipswich.

Amanda Bloomfield in the Home Store at Gatehoues. Picture: Penny Morgan (20415195)
Amanda Bloomfield in the Home Store at Gatehoues. Picture: Penny Morgan (20415195)

But the decision could mean Gatehouse, which runs a foodbank and dementia hub, loses out on its supply of reuse items from household waste recycling centres, hitting the £100,000-a-year fund-raising stream from its home furniture store, in Dettingen Way.

Amanda Bloomfield, Gatehouse chief executive, said: "The foundation has contacted Gatehouse to look at ways to continue their partnership work and I am hopeful that following talks over the next couple of weeks we will be able to come to a mutual agreement over reuse."

After the waste hub opens next month, items suitable for reuse that would otherwise be recycled or disposed of will be collected and resold at The Benjamin Foundation’s reuse shops in Bury and Ipswich.

Kirsty Pitcher, The Benjamin Foundation director of operations, said: “We’re delighted our charity has been chosen.

“The Benjamin Foundation has supported children and young adults with a range of projects in Suffolk for nearly four years, including one-to-one emotional wellbeing support in schools. We also provide a home and support service for vulnerable young adults.

“We’re looking forward to continuing to work with other local charities and organisations to promote reuse and benefit the community.”

The items for sale at The Benjamin Foundation Bury reuse shop are likely to include electrical items, toys, furniture, sports equipment including bicycles and golf clubs, CDs and DVDs, books and DIY/garden tools.

Steve Longdon, regional director of FCC Environment, which runs recycling centres on behalf of Suffolk County Council, said: “The partnership will help to capture reusable items being taken to the recycling centres which might otherwise have been treated as waste."

County councillor Paul West said the new reuse shop would allow residents to buy items at 'very competitive' prices.

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