A reuse centre which repairs household items opens in West London today.
Designer and reuse enthusiast Wayne Hemingway is opening the 37,000 sq ft centre in Greenford which repairs household items including furniture, fridges, cookers and other electrical appliances, and sells them on to the public, with discounts offered to vulnerable people.
The reuse centre received £1m funding from the London Re-use Network and Shepherds Bush Housing Group. It is operated by charity Furnish which has relocated to the centre.
The centre can also handle commercial office furniture, and there are plans to receive take-back items from major retailers, and to handle hotel and halls of residence clearances.
London Re-use Network’s managing director, Charles Craft, said: “Not only will the centre handle reuse streams and services from commercial and public sectors, local authorities and housing associations it will be a major partner with West London reuse schemes, with reuse trading partners right across London and deliver greater benefit to all.”
Hemingway said: “If you become a regular reuser you know that not only are you helping the environment by giving good quality household items a new home, but you are giving a helping hand to long-term unemployed people by helping to create job and work placement opportunities. On top of that you are saving your local council the cost of disposing of unwanted goods, which could help to keep your council tax down too.”