Recycling project saves rate-payers money - LCDI

Just some of the donated furniture inside the new store of 'Refurnish'. 1408sj12

Just some of the donated furniture inside the new store of 'Refurnish'. 1408sj12

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A Limavady recycling project that diverted almost 500 tonnes of waste from the landfill last year has opened the doors to its new store in the town, which it says is helping ratepayers during the economic downturn.

“Refurnish” is a project run by Limavady Community Development Initiative and supported hy the Limavady Borough Council, and has been diverting and recycling waste since 2004.

General Manager of LCDI, damien Corr said in 2011 the project diverted just under 500 tonnes of waste away from landfill.

“All Councils are charged a substantial amount of money for each tonne of our waste that ends up at the landfill site, so the project is proving itself a very useful asset to the ratepayers,” he said.

“in addition to the environmental benefits there are very real social and economic gains. In these hard times when people from every socio-economic background are facing difficulty, it is reassuring for people to know that they can access affordable quality furniture, toys and general household ware.”

The project opened its new store at Newtowne Square on Friday.

“The project has also created employment and essential volunteering and other placement opportunities for people from across the Borough,” said Mr. Corr. “I’d like to thank the staff and volunteers for their efforts over the years and, in particular, in the move from the old shop to Drumceatt Square.”

Project Manager Michelle Loughery says the initiative is “doubly rewarding in that not only are we saving rate-payers money, but we are helping protect the environment as well”.

“There is a real ‘feel-good’ factor around this project,” she said. “Our staff and volunteers feel they are really making a difference and what is really encouraging is that our customers get the same feeling. Customers at Refurnish not only get quality household goods at bargain prices but they get the chance to help save the planet!”

Limavady Mayor, councillor Cathal McLaughlin, said he was very happy to open the new shop and wished the staff luck.

“I’m delighted Council continues to support an initiative that saves the ratepayer money. It’s great to see jobs being sustained in the current climate and, credit must go to the sterling work of LCDI in this respect, an organisation which employs just over 70 people. The Refurnish sdhop is an asset to the whole community and the concept of environmentally friendly shopping is to be commended.”

Vice Chair of LCDI, Raymond Wright, added: “As a registered charity LCDI/Refurnish relies on the generous donations and support of all our customers. We are very grateful to all who have donated previously and would encourage everyone to call Refurnish if they have and household items they no longer need or want. Collections are free of charge (providing goods are suitable for reuse), or donations can be left directly to the shop during opening hours. Please think before you bin! Maybe someone else may be able to use an item you no longer have any use for, particularly in these financially challenging times. We can make it easy for you to recycle by collecting directly from your house of if you are planning to go to the dump please think of calling with ‘Refurnis’h first if your items are in good condition.”

For more information call Refurnish on: 02877765798 or LCDI on 02877765438 or e-mail greenshed@lcdi.co.uk