SLATE is part of another social enterprise - Revive Leeds - which runs a reuse shop on the East Leeds Leeds Waste Sorting Site in Seacroft.

 The Reuse Shop
  Limewood Road
     LS14 1LU
 tel 0113 2731791

Please do go and visit the shop and drop off any donations you may have!

Read the article below for Revive's story on our first birthday, and do follow Revive on Facebook and Twitter!

A re-use shop on a Household Waste Recycling Site? Are you joking?

Revive Leeds CIC Shop after its first 12 months of operation

For about seven years Leeds City Council, and furniture re-use projects in Leeds studied the progress of projects across the country operating shops on household waste recycling sites. When Leeds City Council upgraded their Household Recycling Site in Seacroft in north east Leeds, they included a purpose built shop. Revive Leeds, a newly formed community interest company, was successful in competitively bidding to operate the new re-use shop, designed to catch and divert waste headed for the landfill.

Revive Leeds CIC was formed on 3rd November 2010, as a partnership by three Leeds based third sector groups: St Vincent de Paul (SVP) which is an international Christian charity that operates a number of Community Support Projects such as Furniture Stores (14), Community Shops (40) and Support Centres (3); Emmaus Leeds which is a charity helping the homeless and part of a national network; and South Leeds Alternative Trading Enterprise (SLATE) which is a social enterprise designed to support people with learning disabilities. The mission of Revive is to become the number 1 household waste site shop in England, providing work and volunteering opportunities for people from socially excluded backgrounds.

All three organisations run re-use services in Leeds. Between them they have 13 outlets across the city, selling furniture, household and electrical goods, clothing and bric-a-brac saving useful resources from landfill, selling on at affordable prices to local people in need, creating jobs and providing volunteering opportunities for people from disadvantaged backgrounds. Between them they employ 48 people, engaged with 258 volunteers and work placements and diverted 327 tonnes from landfill in 2010.

The shop is based in Inner City East Leeds, which is one of the city's most deprived areas, with soaring unemployment and a great need for jobs and training for local people. Revive respond by providing this and more.

When people know that there is a re-use shop operating locally, it is an incentive for them to dispose of unwanted items responsibly. The less stuff that finds its way to the waste tip the fewer lorry journeys, which results in a reductions of CO2 emissions.

Revive volunteers and staff are helping to dispose of unwanted goods in an environmentally and socially friendly way. This is having a long term positive outcome for the people who live in the local community. In fact Revive increasingly see people who have travelled simply to use the shop, because they like the atmosphere and want to get a bargain. They want to help the environment and in doing so help themselves.

People who come to the site are not only getting rid of their "rubbish" they are also donating items that can be re-sold for the benefit of the community. The old Yorkshire adage "one man's muck is another man's brass" comes to reality in Revive.

The shop encourages waste site users to visit Revive by trying to generate a "feel good" atmosphere about spending locally.

Matt Campbell, SVP, August 2012

Site designed by Karl Wilson 2007

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