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Basingstoke not-for-profit will convert and pass on scrap items for community use
A SCRAP-STORE is set to open in Basingstoke – offering waste items for community groups to use.
RCS Limited, based at Chute House, in Church Street, Basingstoke, is working with Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council to open the not-for-profit store, which will take donated items from businesses and individuals, to then give to children’s centres, early years groups, and community groups in need of art and craft materials for projects.
Similar stores are already in operation in other areas including Southampton – but this will be the first to open in Basingstoke.
The details of how the store will work are still being finalised, but Kirsty Whitlock, who is co-ordinating the project, said it is likely that those who want to benefit from the materials will pay a subscription fee.
The textile artist said: “I’m a great believer in one person’s trash is another person’s treasure and that’s something that runs through my work.”
Kirsty is hoping businesses will donate waste materials, such as off-cuts, packaging, paper, card, tubes, containers, foil, catering disposals, CDs, haberdashery, foam and rubber.
She added: “We have already had several donations of corks, CDs and DVDs that can be re-used. The response we have had has been brilliant.”
RCS Limited, a not-for profit company which offers play services in the community, is hoping to open the scrap-store during the October half term, at Chute House.
Kirsty, a family learning tutor, said: “It will offer play providers and the community an exciting opportunity to turn your waste things into play-things.”
She added that donated items need to be clean and safe. The project will also act as a way for businesses to recycle their waste material, and know that it will go to good use.
Kirsty said: “By supporting the Scrap-store, Basingstoke businesses will benefit from establishing greener working practices by reducing landfill admissions, while also making great savings to disposal costs.
Company employees can also benefit from a feelgood factor when good materials are put back into the community as a useful resource, rather than disposed of.”
For more information, or to find out if your waste items are of use, contact Kirsty on 01256 322750 or email email@example.com
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