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Trash to treasure shop looks for operators

By Melissa Sheil

A SECOND life will be granted to items that residents in the City of Kalamunda have deemed trash, with a new tip shop set to open late this year.

Situated within the Walliston Transfer station, the Community Recovery Shop will consist of scavenged goods that have been disposed in the tip that can be scrubbed up, made presentable and sold back to the public.

The shop will be run by a community group who can pocket the profits made from sales in exchange for opening the shop at least once per quarter, depending on success.

Expressions of interest for community groups to run the shop close on April 21.

A spokeswoman for the City said the type of group who can apply is very broad.

“It can literally be any sort of group applying to run the shop,” she said.

“It could be an RSL, a sporting club, a not-for-profit, a school group.

“Previously, our garage sale trail has racked up thousands of dollars from selling the same sorts of items from the Transfer Station so running the tip shop will be a nice way to fundraise.”

The nominated community groups will be evaluated, and the successful applicant chosen by Council.

Set to operate out of a shed-like structure, the tip shop development is a part of the $1.5 million Walliston Transfer Station upgrade that also includes building of a slip road, an internal road to alleviate traffic pressure, fencing and a new gate.

Mayor Margaret Thomas said the tip shop will help the City’s waste management.

“Through this initiative, we will provide a second chance for unwanted items, offering them for sale instead of sending them to landfill,” she said.

“This is an amazing opportunity for a community group looking for an additional way to grow their income while helping to promote our recycling and repurposing messaging.”

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