Our story so far...

Rotary Recycle Opens in Wattle Park Shopping Centre

By Don Sweeney

The Early Years

The first Rotary Recycle Op Shop was situated next to the Post Office at the junction of Elgar Road and Riversdale Road – where the Lions Op Shop used to be.   

We chose “Rotary Recycle” as the name for the shop so that we could link into the modern trend of reusing and recycling wherever possible.   We also made a firm decision to minimise clutter, typical of most op shops, and focus on selling only good quality used goods.    We are already starting to get a reputation for our wide range of women’s fashion clothes and shoes and an interesting selection of bric-a-brac and books.

The Rotary Club of Box Hill Central had been looking for a suitable site for an Op Shop for over 12 months and Rotarians Sue Floyed and Greg Cooper were quick to finalise the lease after they discovered the vacant shop at 192 Elgar Road.  We took possession in early May.

Ralston, a busy volunteer

With typical enthusiasm, the Rotary Club members did all the renovations – removing old shelving, filling all the holes in the walls, making good where the front air-conditioner had been installed and finally painting it all inside in a bright, off-white colour.    Our landlord provided the new carpet.

Rotary Recycle traded at this location until the property owners decided to redevelop the site.

First Move...

After 3 successful years at in our shop at 192 Elgar Road, Rotary Recycle moved to another location close by at 1113 Riversdale Road. Our new shop has more floor area and easier access at the rear which provides greater flexibility for managing the shop..  Our long term volunteer and manager Sue Floyed has departed after working hard supporting the shop for many years - Sue put in an amazing amount of time and built up a loyal following with customers and volunteers alike. Sandy Kemp took over the management of the shop at the in late 2014.

What happens to the money raised?

Funds raised through the Rotary Recycle Shop will be used to support various projects operated by the Rotary Club of Box Hill Central including:

  • Scholarships for local students attending Box Hill Institute of TAFE and Deakin University;
  • Supporting the Whitehorse Men’s Shed providing support for elderly men;
  • Eastern Emergency Relief Network who collect and distribute furniture to those who are in crisis or disadvantaged; and
  • Operation Cleft – an amazing Rotary project that repairs cleft lips and palates for children in one of the poorest countries on earth – Bangladesh.  

Goods Wanted

We always need good quality goods for sale.   Both women’s clothing and bric-a-brac are popular in the shop, but most useful items are welcome if they are in good saleable condition.  Unfortunately we can’t accept large items such as TV’s, computers or furniture.  Items can be dropped off during opening hours, Wednesday to Friday 10am-4pm and Saturday 10am-1pm or left outside the shop – please use bags wherever possible not, cardboard boxes, as they’re hard to dispose of.

The Rotary Club of Box Hill Central

The Rotary Club of Box Hill Central meets for breakfast at 7:30am on Wednesdays at the Box Hill Golf Club.  You can find out more about the club at:  www.rotaryboxhillcentral.org.au

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Form you can use to fax in your donation.  11k v. 3 Jan 8, 2012, 8:49 PM Box Hill Central Rotary
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