Re­cy­cling just makes sense

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There are so many rea­sons why reusing, re­cy­cling or pur­chas­ing sec­ond­hand makes sense.

Lim­it­ing wastage, help­ing to look af­ter the en­vi­ron­ment and sav­ing money are all fan­tas­tic rea­sons on their own, but there is also that sense of pride and feel­ing of achieve­ment that comes with find­ing some­thing that meets all your re­quire­ments for a frac­tion of the price, or that is to­tally unique.

We are very for­tu­nate in the Waitaki dis­trict to have many sources of sec­ond­hand goods be­ing made avail­able to us for pur­chase, and for many peo­ple, trawl­ing through the var­i­ous goods be­ing of­fered is some­thing of a hobby which al­ways has the prom­ise of dis­cov­er­ing that spe­cial some­thing.

In days gone by, be­ing seen rum­mag­ing through sec­ond­hand shops was looked down upon by some or an ac­tiv­ity re­served for the needy or ec­cen­tric, but luck­ily a change in mind­set has seen peo­ple from all walks of life em­brace the con­cept and see it for what it re­ally is – a com­mon-sense ap­proach to living a more sus­tain­able life. The Oa­maru Char­ity Shop in the old Oa­maru Mail Build­ing with the en­trance off the Eden St car park, is a bustling busi­ness man­aged and run by Bon­nie McLel­lan and a team of ded­i­cated vol­un­teers.

The busi­ness is a fine ex­am­ple of true re­cy­cling at its best – peo­ple from the com­mu­nity bring in items they no longer re­quire, some­one else pur­chases them, and the prof­its go back to the com­mu­nity.

Prof­its are given to peo­ple or groups in the com­mu­nity who ap­ply for fund­ing or help.

Re­cent dona­tions have been made to North Otago Plun­ket, Aged Con­cern, RSA, St Pa­trick’s Scouts, St John’s Oa­maru, Vic­tim Sup­port, the Otago West­pac Res­cue He­li­copter, and lo­cal cubs and keas.

The Oa­maru Char­ity Shop also donates an­nu­ally to Camp Qual­ity, for chil­dren af­fected by can­cer. Bon­nie and her team are al­ways ac­cept­ing new stock and any­thing from clothes to CDs, house­hold items, fur­ni­ture and shoes are wel­comed. With Bon­nie and her vol­un­teers con­tin­u­ally sorting, pric­ing and sell­ing goods, they are con­stantly amazed by the gen­eros­ity of the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

‘‘We have, how­ever, no­ticed an in­flux of peo­ple re­quir­ing warm win­ter cloth­ing and blan­kets, so if any­one has any of th­ese un­used, we could cer­tainly make great use of them here,’’ Bon­nie said.

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