Trade and Donate - the new way to recycle

PUBLISHED: 08:17 17 September 2008 | UPDATED: 22:20 15 June 2010

TRADE and Donate is the new way to get rid of bulky items, ensure they are recycled and help a good cause at the same time.

TRADE and Donate is the new way to get rid of bulky items, ensure they are recycled and help a good cause at the same time.The concept is the brainchild of Antony Chipperfield, who has opened a recycling centre at the East Devon Business Park, Offwell."If you've got good furniture that you no longer need, there's often no way to dispose of it," he told the Herald."Charity shops, on the whole, can't take large items and a lot of things, which could be used by someone else, end up going to landfill."Mr Chipperfield recycles everything from wardrobes and dressing tables to items of china and electrical goods."I'll recycle anything - from bric-a-brac to clothes," he said."All the electrical items are tested and sold with a three-month warranty."Trade and Donate will collect unwanted items for free, although some people like to make a donation towards petrol costs.Mr Chipperfield will then re-sell the goods and donate a percentage of the sale price to a charity of the donor's choice.People on benefits can make donations for goods, rather than pay the full asking price."If people are downsizing, they end up with things they don't need," said Mr Chipperfield."And, when someone dies, families may be left with a house full of furniture."I operate collections and deliveries on a donation basis. Some people make a donation for fuel."Since starting his business seven weeks ago, Mr Chipperfield has been "amazed by people's generosity".In less than two months his business has expanded to offer buyers 2,000 feet of warehouse to browse around.For further information about Trade and Donate, call (01404) 831264.

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