MRC re-use shop in Tamala Park sells 100,000 items a year

Mindarie Regional Council's customer service representative Andrea Bond shows off some of the items for sale in the Tamala Park re-use shop. Pictures: Martin Kennealey d490217
Mindarie Regional Council's customer service representative Andrea Bond shows off some of the items for sale in the Tamala Park re-use shop. Pictures: Martin Kennealey d490217

THE Tamala Park re-use shop sells more than 100,000 items a year, diverting waste from landfill and providing bargains for shoppers.

Mindarie Regional Council chairman and City of Stirling councillor David Boothman said the volume of previously loved items sold at the recently expanded shop was a huge win for the planet and shoppers.

Bikes can be resold.

“Producing the new products you buy requires raw materials, energy and generates greenhouse gases – it’s a huge environmental cost,” Cr Boothman said.

“But when you buy second-hand you are rewarded as not only is it good for the environment, but it’s also good for your pocket.”

Unusual items such as this piano can also be found at the Tamala Park re-use shop.

The shop has an array of items to choose from including couches, kitchenware, bicycles, DVDs, power tools, and even a piano or two.

Most items are priced under $10, though shoppers can expect to walk away with a host of items priced under $2.

Televisions and e-waste can be dropped off free at the Tamala Park recycling centre.

“Our staff are really passionate about reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill so are always on the lookout for items that are too good to throw away,” resource recovery supervisor John Shepherd said.

White goods can be dropped off at Tamala Park.

“They’re really handy too, often fixing or refurbishing quality items so they can be resold.”

Mindarie Regional Council recycling attendant Dave Dowling at the cardboard drop-off.

Some of the more desirable finds that have turned up over the years include sporting gear of former cricketer Mitchell Johnson, designer brand clothing with tags, and even a pool table that was worth thousands when new.

Secondhand furniture can be bought from the re-use shop.

While visiting, people can drop off, at no cost, their unwanted goods to the shop as well as other recyclable materials including cardboard, electronic waste and household hazardous waste such as batteries and chemicals.

The shop at 1700 Marmion Avenue is open seven days a week from 9am to 4pm, with revenue raised supporting the continued operation of the shop and other recycling initiatives.

Building materials such as doors, fencing and window blinds can be resold at Tamala Park.