Re-Use Shop at Bury St Edmunds’ Recycling Centre to reopen

Suffolk County Council, FCC Environment and The Benjamin Foundation are delighted to announce that after the successful reopening of the Re-use shop at Foxhall Recycling Centre, the second Re-use shop at Bury St Edmunds will reopen on Thursday [July 9].

Sales at the shop have been going very well and donations of any suitable items can now be made at all 11 Recycling Centres.  The donated items are then sold to help support local charities.

There are a number of changes in place, including temporary amends to the Bury Re-use shop opening times, and some measures imposed to make sure that staff and members of the public stay safe and follow national guidelines.

These include:

  • The Bury Re-use shop will be open 9am – 5pm Thursday through to Monday (closed Tuesday and Wednesday)
  • The Foxhall Re-use shop will resume normal operating hours and as of 9th July be open 9am-5pm Monday to Saturday and 10am-4pm on Sunday.
  • A number of measures will be in place for the safety of yourselves and our staff:
    • Numbers of people allowed within the shop will be limited
    • 2 metre social distancing must be maintained
    • A one-way system will be in place
    • Hand sanitising facilities will be available
    • Contactless payment by card is encouraged
  • We will not be accepting direct donations at the current time, as items will be subject to a period of quarantine, in line with guidelines, prior to being sold in the shop.
  • You must book an appointment to visit the Recycling Centre to drop off items for Re-use and recycling. To book, go to
  • You can visit either Foxhall or Bury Re-use Shop without a booking, however you will not be able to access the recycling centre and must park in the shop car park.

The re-use shops at Foxhall and Bury Recycling Centres were closed in March following the lockdown announcement, but as restrictions loosen the shops have taken a phased approach to re-opening.

The Re-use shops at Foxhall and Bury are part of a partnership between Suffolk County Council, waste and recycling partner FCC Environment and charity partner The Benjamin Foundation. The shops were opened with the aim of reducing waste and increasing recycling in Suffolk as well as raising vital funds for those in need.


Paul Sinclair, operations manager for the Benjamin Foundation said:

“We are extremely pleased to be in a position to reopen the Bury Re-use shop and due to the success of the reopening of the Foxhall Re-use shop we are able to extend the opening there to 7 days. We have been overwhelmed with the support and positive feedback we have received from the public and we look forward to continuing to work alongside the recycling sites to ensure reusable items are given a new home through our stores.”

Paul West, Cabinet member for waste at Suffolk County Council, said:

 “It is great news that our second Re-use shop is now able to open.

“Our phased response to reopening recycling centres since the lockdown has gone extremely well and we are grateful for the support of the public in allowing us to support social distancing on site while still having the capacity to process the county’s waste.”