Thrown-away flatscreen televisions and vacuum cleaners are among electrical items now being sold at recycling centres in Exmouth and Exeter for the first time.
Safety-checked and function-tested devices have been added to the re-conditioned stock of low-cost shops at some tips – and even come with a 30-day guarantee.
The new scheme to give the discarded products a fresh lease of life comes following public demand for the popular ‘re-sale’ outlets to expand their offering.
Knowle Hill Recycling Centre in Exmouth and Pinbrook Recycling Centre in Exeter are among five across the county taking part in the initiative.
Devon County Council (DCC) says environmentally-aware and budget-savvy shoppers have embraced ‘the cost savings of buying re-conditioned goods’.
Councillor Andrea Davis, cabinet member for infrastructure, development and waste, said: “Many people throw away perfectly usable electrical goods when they upgrade to a new device, for example.
“I have been asked why we don’t do more to stop perfectly good items from being recycled when, with some safety tests, they could be used by someone else.
“We have listened and introduced this terrific scheme to get some of these products back into use and to a new home.”
SUEZ Recycling and Recovery UK Ltd, which runs Devon’s household waste centres, is behind the scheme which as also been rolled out in Ivybridge, Newton Abbot and Bideford.
Regional manager Rob Sanders said: “We’re excited to expand the range of products on sale at Devon’s re-use shops with electrical goods, supporting Devon County Council’s efforts to give more reusable items discarded at the recycling centres a second life.
“All electricals will be thoroughly checked and only those that pass the safety tests will be placed on sale.”