Town’s lean, green, recycling machine

ON THE BALL  .... Groundwork warehouse superviser Chris Toward at the Recycling Unit South Shields

ON THE BALL .... Groundwork warehouse superviser Chris Toward at the Recycling Unit South Shields

MORE green targets are set to be smashed at a South Tyneside centre recycling everything – including the kitchen sink.

The Windmill Warehouse, based at the borough council’s Recycling Village, at Middlefields Industrial Estate, Tyne Dock, South Shields, reached its previous two-year recycling target in just one year.

Last year, the shop re-used or refurbished 47.8 tonnes of quality items – the equivalent of about 50 Mini Cooper cars.

Buyers found everything from electric guitars to violins and oboes, and from sinks to old racers and a double bass.

Local environmental charity Groundwork South Tyneside and Newcastle (Stan), which runs the warehouse, initially aimed to recycle 40 tonnes between January 2013 and December 2014.

Andrew Watts, executive director of Groundwork Stan, said an even higher total can be reached, with the support of South Tyneside recyclers.

He said: “We had a fantastic year of recycling and easily broke our target, but I believe we can continue to do better and better. The warehouse is an important element of our work and it does a great deal to help people recycle. It’s in a very prominent place and very easy to get to.”

Mr Watts said that all goods are checked, to ensure they meet stringent safety levels, but are sold at reasonable prices.

He added: “There are some real bargains. Our work at the warehouse has a positive environmental impact, but also adds to the overall work Groundwork does, directly benefitting the people of South Tyneside.”

Electrical goods are Portable Appliance Tested, a recognised UK safety standard, and microwaves given additional safety checks.

Goods are also sold with a 28-day guarantee, with profits helping to fund Groundwork’s educational, health and employment services in South Tyneside.

The Windmill Warehouse is open Monday to Friday, from 9am to 5pm.

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