New-look ‘reuse barn’ is Aladdin’s Cave for bargain-hunters

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WOMBLES can make good use of the things everyday folk leave behind at Farthinghoe Recycling Centre, as the facility unveils its new-look ‘reuse barn’ in time for its 10th anniversary this week.

Bargain-hunters can find everything from sporting equipment and gardening gear to books, records and furniture at the recycling centre near Brackley.

Obscure items such as skis can also be found.

Councillor Dermot Bambridge, portfolio holder for environment and waste management, said:  “Farthinghoe had been a great resource for the local residents and during the last decade more than 12,000 tonnes of rubbish has been recycled at the centre.

“I do hope people will come along and help us celebrate the occasion and visit the reuse barn to pick up some real bargains.”

A celebration was held at the site on Thursday last week to mark the 10th anniversary.

Household waste that can be recycled at the centre includes glass bottles and jars, waste engine oil, scrap metal, furniture, domestic and car batteries, and TetraPak cartons.

All electrical equipment, broken and working, can be taken to the centre, including fridges and freezers.

Plastic bags, plastic bottles, food and drinks cans, and cardboard and paper can also be recycled.

DIY enthusiasts can bring along their building rubble, bricks, slabs, and old toilets, baths and sinks. Soft furnishings and mattresses will also be accepted with a valid fire label.

South Northants Council works with the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance to help raise money for the charity by providing the doorstep textile recycling sack service.

The charity has raised more than £13,500 from this to date.

Opening times for the Farthinghoe Recycling Centre up to September are 9am to 6pm seven days a week.

The centre is located on the A422 between Farthinghoe and Middleton Cheney.

Contact the site office on 01295 713782 or visit for details.