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Re-use Centre Milton Keynes is a Community project which raises money for Alzheimers.
We actively encourage residents of Milton Keynes and the surrounding areas to donate items that could be Re-used rather than being thrown out. We raise money through the resale of these items and also by the recycling of materials which can be recycled such as metals, old TV's etc.
Re-use is encouraging the local Milton Keynes residents to Recycle household items and clothing whilst reducing the impact they are having on landfill, helping individuals and families who are less fortunate and also helping to raise money for Alzheimers at the same time. Here's how we do this
Through collections and donations of Household furniture, white goods, electrical equipment, soft furnishings , Nursery and Baby Equipment, Toys, Seasonal Decorations etc we are able to provide affordable items to individuals and families for whom such items are necessities as well as luxury items.
We also help people who are disabled by providing them with equipment that can improve their day to day living such as mobility scooters, wheelchairs and walkers. We assess their individual needs and provide them with the equipment accordingly.
From the funds we raise we then channel the money back to the Alzheimers Charity.
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How To Donate
There are two ways that the general public are able to donate items to us and that is to call us and arrange collection for large household furniture or to bring smaller items that can fit in the car to the centre on Kiln Farm.
For retailers who wish to donate items to the Reuse Centre we are able to collect the items from your premises at a time to suit you. All you need to do is call our office and arrange for us to come and collect the items. Our contact details are on our contact page.
Items that we accept:
- * White goods
- * Dining Suites
- * 3 Piece Suites – must have Fire Label and no rips or stains
- * Bric-a-Brac
- * Toys
- * Lamps
- * Kitchen and cooking utensils
- * Beds – must have Fire Label and no rips or stains
- * Bedroom Furniture
- * Mirrors
- * Bedding
- * Clothes
- * Shoes
- * Electrical equipment
- * DVD's
- * CD's
- * Soft Furnishings
- * Decorating Materials
- * Seasonal Items
- * Nursery and Baby equipment
- * Wheelchairs and mobility scooters
- * Bikes
The Story so far
The Re-use concept is already proving highly successful in Milton Keynes, where the project is rapidly gaining momentum.
The story began in 2006 when John and Margaret Mann came up with the concept of a community-based initiative which would help the community reuse items that are no longer required but that are still in good condition and that could be used by others whilst donating all money made from the resale to the Alzheimer’s Charity plus other charities. The Reuse centre is based on the Aims and founding principles that follow:
- We aim to re-use items no longer required by the public, but which are still of use. For example, washing machines, three piece suites, bric-a-brac etc. all of which can be re-used by the local community or people on low incomes in need of assistance.
- All white goods, metal & reusable items will be collected free of charge, plus people can drop them off to the re-use centre if this is more convenient to them.
- We are working closely with other Milton Keynes charity groups and Milton Keynes Council who will benefit financially from the sale of re-useable items.
- We are a non profit making charitable organisation looking to cover our direct cost and overheads only.
- Visitors & other local organisations will be able to acquire a variety of household goods from ourselves at reasonable charges. We also look favourably on people unable to afford certain goods & we do this on the basis of individual need. Where possible we will make physical donations of items or appropriate goods to other charitable organisations in need. (As an example, say the donation of toys to a nursery or other user group in specific need).
- We are working together with other local associations in Milton Keynes to bring disadvantaged or disabled people back to the work place to help with their independence & renewed outlook on life.
- We would encourage the people of Milton Keynes to view us as their “RE-USE CENTRE”, which is helping both the community & the environment. We would ask residents to create & maintain a “think before you throw” ideology.
- In association with the re-use centre we have licensed waste carriers who will remove re-usable goods from residents homes free of charge. We do however, reserve the right to refuse items if their condition or cleanliness gives any potential hazard or risk to personal health.
- We have a primary aim to also work with local business to help reduce waste, help reduce the number of items sent to landfill.
- We also have an underpinning aim to reduce the overall items sent to waste, reduce the cost & volume of waste. Which the council has to deal with & help to create an “evergreen” society. In the future, we intend to create waste recycling talks for local schools.
Initially based in Bletchley the project has since moved to Kiln Farm and has been here since June 2009. Over the last four and a half years we have raised in excess of £45,000 for charity and also donations to the homeless and single parents in the way of furniture etc for their new properties. We have all experienced hard times at different points in our lives and are very happy to be able to provide the service that we are giving to the local community whilst raising money for our chosen charity. When we have been in the positions that our customers are in we had very little help from anyone and certainly didn’t have anywhere like the Reuse centre that was available to us.
The shop is fully stocked with a wide range of second hand clothing, furniture, electrical goods, records, home furnishing items, white goods, beds, sofa suites, seasonal decorations and bric-a-brac. We also get brand new stock that has never been used from many local companies who regularly. Stock levels will be maintained going forward through a combination of community collections and donations of end-of-line or discounted stock from retailers and distributors.
We are also asking more local retailers and distribution centres to get involved, because we believe that they will jump at the chance to help reduce the impact that waste of good products from their companies can have on the local environment whilst also helping those who are in less fortunate position.
To co-ordinate donations the Reuse operates a drop off point at the rear of the warehouse on Kiln Farm, Milton Keynes area for the donation, cleaning, sorting and distribution of items. We also operate a free Door-to-door collection service for large household items and this is managed by our staff and strong team of volunteers.
Local and national retail outlets have also been outstandingly generous in donating surplus, end-of-line or seconds stock. Brands already on board include a National DIY retailer, a national high street household and clothing retailer, a multinational battery manufacturer as well as a national toy retailer.
Without the help and support of both the local community and the retail companies we deal with we would not be where we are today and for that we would like to thank them for all they have done and continue to do for us.
Our vision is to roll out the Reuse concept across other towns and cities in the UK.