This national Recycle Week (23 – 29 September) we have opened up the entries to our popular Scrapheap Challenge competition in a special free exhibition.

Creations are being displayed all week in the Home Store (School Lane, Carlton, MK43 7LQ) and put to a public vote to find the favourite. They will then go on sale in our store.

Proceeds will help fund our outreach work on the streets of Bedford and Northampton, handing out supplies and offering support to rough sleepers.

Local metal artist Henry Parrott is supporting the Scrapheap Challenge and  created something for it:
“I started welding as a hobby six years ago. As my skills improved, I realised that people really appreciated my creations when I gave them as gifts and so I started selling them too. The pieces I create are made from things that would otherwise be thrown away. It feels good to take a few things from a skip and make a candle holder, for example.”

We’re very excited about the Scrapheap Challenge. People donate thousands of unwanted items to our Home Store each year but sadly not all of them are of a quality that can be resold, so we work hard to minimise waste and recycle as much as possible. This challenge was a chance for people to get creative with what would otherwise end up as landfill. People have used their imagination to create something useful or beautiful – or both!

The exhibition is open during Home Store opening hours until 29 September 2019: Tuesday – Saturday 9.30am – 4.30pm and Sunday 10am – 4pm. Or if you can’t come along, makee sure you visit our Facebook page all week, for highlights from the exhibition.