Renew – Creating value from waste to benefit Greater Manchester by working together to renew its potential
The single biggest threat to decarbonisation is consumption. What if as a society we wasted less, reused more, and gave items a second lease of life leading to less manufacturing of new products and a more circular economy? That is what GMCA, in partnership with SUEZ, are bringing on an industrial scale to Greater Manchester.
Working towards a more circular economy helps Greater Manchester to meet its target of becoming a carbon neutral city region by 2038, creating opportunities for people to retrain in the waste and resources industry, giving them the skills they need and creating good green jobs right across Greater Manchester.
Repairing and reusing also minimises the need to extract raw materials to make new products and makes better use of the existing materials. We want to live in a world where there is no waste.
Increasing repair and reuse of products could add over £54 billion to UK gross value added (Source: WRAP: WRAP Net Zero Emissions Report)
The Renew Hub is the centre of our operations, located in Trafford Park. All the items that have been donated at the recycling centres are taken to the Hub to be cleaned and prepared for resale, or selected for upcycling.
At more than 5000m2, the Renew Hub is the UK’s largest, newest and most unique reuse operation in terms of opportunity and scale. Hundreds of tonnes of pre-loved items which would have otherwise gone to waste are brought to the Hub for repair and resale, with money going back to the local community.
Along with making great strides towards a circular economy, the Hub provides training and employment in green skilled jobs along with working with local charities who collect household furniture for those in need.
Renew Hub repair pods
Manchester Bike Kitchen received funding during the first round of the Recycle for Greater Manchester community fund and now work with us at the Hub to repair bikes. They also run free bike maintenance workshops in pop up spaces across the city-region and are training a kickstart apprentice at the Hub.
SUEZ already had an established relationship with Recycling Lives and now their charity arm work with full time at the Hub to repair and test white goods and electrical items. They run an 8 week programme with ex-offenders to provide them vital skills and experience in order to reduce reoffending rates.
Patch Perfect operate the upholstery pod. They re-upholster chairs, footstools and other soft furnishings so they can be sold in the shops.
The shops stock a wide variety of homeware, garden furniture, toys, sports equipment, books and more. Items have been donated by residents and cleaned and repaired at the Renew Hub, before being handpicked by staff for the shops in Eccles, Oldham and Altrincham.
We now run a visitor pod at the Renew Hub, you can see behind the scenes and see how the waste donated at the recycling centres are repaired ready to be sold in the shops.
We’ve opened three Renew shops in Greater Manchester. These shops sell pre-loved household items at an affordable price and are located at three of our recycling centres.
The shops stock a wide variety of homeware, garden furniture, toys, sports equipment, books and more. Items have been donated by residents and cleaned and repaired before being handpicked by staff for the shops in Eccles, Oldham and Altrincham.
The aim of the Renew shops is to reduce waste, reuse unwanted items and increase recycling rates. Many of the items donated by residents would have otherwise gone to waste.
The Renew Market is our online shop, where customers can browse and buy their items, then collect from our Hub at Trafford Park at a time that suits them. Renew Market stocks a range of vintage, upcycled and pre-loved furniture, homeware and bikes.
Shop online at the Renew Market eBay store.