The Renew Hub, based at Trafford Park in Greater Manchester, has created 20 new jobs and is now launching its own non-profit online shop to sell antiques, furniture and collectables.
The 5000m2 operation brings together mechanics, qualified technicians, specialist tradespeople, charities and social enterprises to repair, recycle, reuse and sell preloved items that would have gone to waste across nine of the boroughs of Greater Manchester.
Items are donated or set aside at all of the household waste recycling centres in Greater Manchester and brought to the Hub for refurbishment and resale through an online shop and three shops located at household waste recycling centres in Oldham, Salford and Trafford.
The online shop includes unique pieces of furniture and antiques alongside more unusual items for those looking for something different, without the hefty price tag.
‘We have a big target to hit in Greater Manchester in terms of going carbon neutral by 2038, and the Renew Hub represents a major opportunity to change the way we reuse, recycle, and cut emissions from waste. We need to be thinking about the things we throw away, and the Hub proves that much of what you think is irreparable can actually be repaired. It can be used and loved again with the help of our skilled teams and partners upcycling furniture, repairing bikes and washing machines, and generally seeing the potential in someone else’s unwanted items.
‘That ethos of a more circular economy doesn’t just mean cutting waste and reusing items , but also making sure that what happens at the Hub benefits people and projects here in Greater Manchester. We’re supporting charities and community groups that are rehoming people in need, providing quality goods that actually have a long life left in them, and our shops are offering an alternative to expensive brand new products for local residents to access. It’s our hope that people across the country will see the difference being made here, and think twice the next time they plan to throw something away.’
CLLR MARTYN COX
GMCA Lead for the Green City-Region and Waste and Recycling