Byron Shire to get tip shop

FOR a shire that likes to promote its green credentials, Byron has taken some time to catch up to its neighbours, but is now in the process of opening a tip shop.

Commonly known as revolve or re-use centres, tip shops recover and sell goods and second-hand items that have been dropped-off at the tip. Items are often repaired or value-added to prepare them for sale.

Ballina has had a privately operated tip shop for about 13 years and the Revolve Shop at Lismore has been running for about six years.

Both are popular and successful operations, which help reduce the amount of waste going into landfill, as well as providing plenty of second hand bargains.

Byron’s new tip shop will be built at the Myocum landfill at an estimated cost of $100,000.

It will be known as the Byron Shire Second Hand Shop and should be open to the public by mid 2010.

Byron Shire Council’s waste and recycling services manager Russell Chaplin said the new second-hand recycling centre was expected to divert approximately 400 tonnes of landfill per year.

Expressions of interest will be called for soon for suitably qualified people to help with the final design, set up and fit-out of the shop and operational procedures.



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