Thursday, April 18, 2024

Wellington tip shop turns 25

Wellington City Council’s Tip Shop is turning 25.

Started by a couple of locals in 1997, it became part of Wellington City Council’s tip operations after a couple of years and was originally run by two staff – today it has a team of 20.

Over a quarter of a century, the shop has sold countless weird and wonderful items including a wicker coffin, a Helen Clark portrait on a plywood sheet recovered from the landfill and auctioned for charity, and more than 5,000 working laptops.

More than 500 cars pass through the drop-off area on a busy weekend.

The shop has stocked over 2,000 TVs for recycling this year alone, and the team has supplied household items for 22 refugee background families.

The Tip Shop has its own Instagram and Facebook accounts and reaches a wide audience through Trade Me.

The Tip Shop is as much a community hub as it is a centre for recycling, reusing and repurposing says Waste Minimisation Manager, Jenny Elliott.

“We’re proud to offer a sense of community to customers from all walks of life – some of whom have been visiting the Tip Shop since the beginning, and many come in two or three times a week,” she said.

“We’re now diverting around 1,000 tonnes per year to reuse or recycle, and we’re going from strength to strength, diversifying our activities and focussing on repair and reuse whenever possible.

“These are just a few of our achievements – we have small wins everyday – so make sure to come visit us and pick up a pre-loved treasure for yourself or Christmas presents for the whole whānau.”

Recycle Centre Manager, Shelali Shetty, is always on the lookout for other opportunities to support their goals.

“We love to collaborate, and we encourage anyone who has an idea and they’re looking for resources to get in touch,” she said.

“We already work closely with Sustainability Trust, Hopper Refill, Maker’s Space and several other like-minded organisations – and are always open to work with more.”

The Tip Shop will have some 25th birthday specials up for grabs from 18-24 December.

Wide angle lens landscape of Tip Shop interior
(Photo: Andy Spain).

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