The London Waste and Recycling Board (LWaRB) has announced that it will award £500,000 of funding over three years to help set-up the first centre in the UK to sell reused building material.
The centre, branded as ReIY (Reuse it yourself), will be run by charity BioRegional and will be based in Croydon, south London.
ReIY is expected to lead to the creation of four new jobs, a training programme for 40 young and unemployed trainees each year and will divert over 3,500 tonnes of waste from landfill over five years. It will sell products such as bricks and tiles, which have been collected from housing developments and DIY stores, to members of the public or the building trade.
LWaRB chair James Cleverly said: “Last year, London created a massive 9.7million tonnes of construction and demolition waste. Around half of this was recycled but there is still much more we need to do to tackle the rest. This innovative project ticks all our boxes – reusing waste, cutting emissions and bringing jobs and real social benefits to the capital.”
BioRegional is the fourth recipient of funding from LWaRB’s £84million budget to support reuse and recycling projects in the capital. The others, already announced, are Recycle for London, Trinity and FareShare.