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What is new to you?

new to you is a Borough of Poole service which sells salvaged items while supporting disadvantaged local people and community groups.

The purpose of the project is to:

  • support disadvantaged local people who are in need of essential items required to set up a home and for day to day living
  • Be a self-funding scheme
  • sell items in a shop available for all members of the public to visit
  • Improve environmental performance by diverting material from landfill and increasing reuse.

Opening times and location

The store is open Saturdays from 9am to 1pm and is located at:

new to you, Borough of Poole Cabot Lane Depot, Cabot Lane, BH17 7BX (behind IMO car wash and next to the Dolphin Indoor Bowls Club).

It is hoped that in the longer term this project can continue and create social benefits from training and volunteering opportunities.

Why reuse?

Reuse is often confused with recycling however reuse is typically more beneficial as it prolongs the life of a particular item. Therefore reuse can be the most efficient use of existing resources.

Some of the advantages of reusing products include:

  • reuse keeps goods and materials out of the waste stream
  • reuse creates less air and water pollution than making a new item or recycling
  • reuse results in less hazardous waste
  • reuse saves money in purchases and disposal costs
  • reuse creates an affordable supply of goods that are often of excellent quality

Many items brought to the Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC-tip) are suitable for reuse. Previously some items brought to the site were sent to landfill or taken by a contractor as bric-a-brac and sold at auction.

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I have an item which is suitable for re-use, where can I take it?

If you have any items you think are suitable for reuse please take it to a charity first. If this is not possible, take it to the Nuffield HWRC located at 92-98 Nuffield Road, BH17 0RS or Millhams Community Recycling Centre, Millhams Lane, BH11 9LQ. Please advise a member of staff that your item is suitable for reuse.

Please note we can take items from Poole residents and Dorset County Council permit holders only at Nuffield HWRC and from Bournemouth residents only at Millhams Community Recycling Centre.

We ask that items are not taken to the new to you shop unless specifically requested.

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How do I know if my items are reusable and therefore acceptable?

Staff at the HWRC can advise and will separate reusable items for the scheme.

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How will this project impact on local charities?

The HWRC is provided as a statutory function by the Borough of Poole. Residents choose to bring their unwanted items to the site as they no longer want them. Ownership of the item then becomes the Council's, and it is the Council's responsibility to dispose of the items safely and economically.

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I can't get my item to you can you pick it up?

We are not able to collect items for the reuse project, if you have bulky items for collection we can collect them from you for a small charge. Please call 01202 261700 and our Customer Service team will your requirements with you.

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Bric-a-brac in Poole

56 tonnes of bric-a-brac was salvaged from the Nuffield site in 2014. The items collected were suitable for resale at auction only, so there may have been other reusable items sent to landfill or for reprocessing. 

The council has a responsibility to find disposal routes for all of the waste it collects, and has 'best value' obligations to find the most advantageous economical and environmental options.

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What happens to our waste at the moment?

The majority of reusable items that are not deemed saleable at auction are disposed of as either non-recyclable waste or wood.

Non-recyclable waste is sent to landfill as large items cannot be processed at alternative waste treatment facilities. Wood is recycled into new chipboard.

There is a cost to dispose of these materials. A number of contracts are in place for items taken to the HWRC.

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Where will the money go?

This scheme needs to be self-funding, so firstly money raised will cover the cost of running both parts of the scheme (social support scheme & shop).

Money over and above running costs will go towards provision of key council services for local people in need and reducing waste disposal costs.

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I don't want waste I take to the HWRC given to somebody else

Reuse of items is the preferred option of the national waste hierarchy and reuse of items is a method that has been used by most Local Authorities including Poole for many years. All items reused for social needs or offered for sale are checked to make sure there are no markings that identify a previous owner.

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