Bognor firm turns trash into cash for local charities

Richard Campbell
Richard Campbell

A new Bognor Regis business which helps turn trash into cash is giving local charities a boost.

Local man Richard Campbell set up Trash Converters six-weeks-ago and he is now looking to run it on a not-for-profit basis.

Mr Campbell has ploughed £10,000 of his own money into renting the former engineering warehouse in Town Cross Avenue, and he hopes to turn it into something which can be used for the good of the town.

“I want to create an environmentally friendly, non-profit making company which helps give residents and businesses the opportunity of donating or selling unwanted items, so other people can reuse them.

“My aim is to build up regular work and keep aiming to give customer satisfaction,” he said.

Mr Campbell also has close links with the United Response charity and another which exports clothes to Africa.

He said: “At this point in my life I feel it is important to help charities in anyway I can, that is why I want to put any profits I make towards helping them.

“I want to earn a wage and keep the business going, but after that any profits will go straight to charity.

“I already provide local charity United Response with a rent-free shop and workshop and storage area.

“This gives them the space to be able to restore furniture which they can than sell.

“This all came about due to one phone call from a senior support worker at the charity.

“They came down to see what I am doing down here and now when I sit in my office and look out the window I can see people really enjoying what they are doing, and making an amazing job of the furniture.”

A part of the business Mr Campbell also offers a clearance service and scrape metal collection, but he is determined items will not remain in his warehouse for more than two weeks before they are sold.

“It is surprising some of the things we collect or have given to us, everything from old fashioned slot machines to sofas and chairs.

“A lot of local businesses have also started using us, particularly for our timber. These items are things people may no longer have a use for, but to others they are valuable,” he said.

Mr Campbell, who also wants to provide a space for the community to enjoy, will be holding an open day at Trash Converters on Saturday from 10am onwards.

“I want as many people as possible to come down and see what we are all about.

“I am hoping to create a space, where in the future people can just drop in and have a tea or a coffee,” he added.

For more information telephone Mr Campbell on 01243 696161.