TRASH TO TREASURE: The new Buy Back Shop has been taken over by St Vinnies. Here, shop worker Nathan Warren shows off some of the weird and wonderful things available.
TRASH TO TREASURE: The new Buy Back Shop has been taken over by St Vinnies. Here, shop worker Nathan Warren shows off some of the weird and wonderful things available. Scott Powick

St Vinnies is finding treasures in the trash

THEY say one man's trash is another man's treasure.

St Vincent de Paul Society NSW is giving trash a second lease on life after opening a new Buy Back Shop at the Stotts Creek Resource Recovery Centre in Murwillumbah.

Partnering with Solo Resource Recovery, St Vinnines is selling recycled goods collected from items dumped at the transfer station at Stotts Creek.

St Vincent de Paul Society NSW Lismore Central Council executive officer Michael Timbrell said the shop saves good items from being thrown away as rubbish.

"We're taking what people are throwing out, finding what could be recycled and selling it back to the general public,” Mr Timbrell said.

"You'd be surprised what people would actually buy.

"It really is that one man's trash is another man's treasure.”

St Vinnies' recycling and waste management facilitator Angelo Grande said the Buy Back Shop was a fantastic resource for DIY enthusiasts and collectors.

"They may not be in tip-top condition, but they have been cleaned, repaired, restored and ready for sale and at a huge discount,” Mr Grande said.

Mr Timbrell said the shop was always looking for new items with staff sorting through the rubbish people drop off at the transfer station.

"We're not necessarily looking for people to go through their house and find things to donate, we're just taking the opportunity to take the reusable goods people take to the tip and resell it,” Mr Timbrell said.

The shop will provide significant benefits to the surrounding communities including providing much- needed funding for the St Vincent de Paul's community programs.

"It means that we can make a profit which goes back into our works that support the people of the Tweed,” Mr Timbrell said.

Mr Grande said the shop would ensure that objects still in working condition could be diverted from landfill and given a new lease of life. This was not only good for the environment, but provided social benefits to the region.

The Buy Back Shop is open Tuesdays to Saturdays on Leddays Creek Rd, Stotts Creek.



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