Charity partnership offers new lease of life for white goods left in the voids

A North West housing provider has teamed up with a recycling charity to refurbish and reuse white goods and electrical appliances left behind in its void properties.

Halton Housing has established a partnership with Liverpool-based CREATE UK to recycle the goods, diverting them from landfill and given the items a new lease of life with low income families.

Once collected by the charity, reusable white goods are taken to CREATE’s workshop for repair and refurbishment, before being sold on with a six-month warranty to low income households via its charity shop in Old Swan, Liverpool, or through other charities.

All money made is then invested back into the charity to provide work, training and work placements for local unemployed adults in the collection, selection, refurbishment and sale of reusable appliances.

“Currently end of life white and electrical goods left in our void empty properties are sent to landfill or profit-making organisations,” said Cheryl McCabe, Halton Housing’s corporate social responsibility officer. “This partnership with CREATE allows us to make a significant contribution to reducing waste and increase recycling, whilst providing much-needed training and employment opportunities.”

Greg Walker OBE, CREATE’s operations director, said: “CREATE are really pleased to be working with Halton Housing. The partnership makes social, environmental and economic sense to all. The more goods we can access and refurbish, the more we can supply to local people at affordable prices and the more training and work opportunities we can provide to the community.”

Long term, the charity hopes to establish a base in Halton, bringing employment and training opportunities for Halton Housing residents.


Main Image: CREATE’s operations director, Greg Walker OBE with Halton Housing’s corporate social responsibility officer, Cheryl McCabe at the charity’s warehouse in Liverpool.

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