BULLS-EYE PCs and Electronics owner Larren Barnes has expanded his business, opening a second-hand store called Seconds on Hazel.
The store opened its doors for the first time on February 22.
Mr Barnes said he had seen a lot of valuable waste and objects there were hard to break down being thrown into landfill in the past years and he wanted to do something to help.
“Absolutely everything in at the store has not been bought – it has all been disposed of,” he said.
“Some of it came from Melbourne and some of it came from the region.
“We got a lot of stuff from businesses that have gone bust and the goods have been removed from stores.
“To save the waste from going to landfill we decided to take it on and work out a way to funnel it back into the public.”
Mr Barnes said the business aimed to minimise the amount of waste in the community.
“It’s all good stuff – some of it might be a little broken here or there, but it’s a chance to snatch up a bargain.”
The second-hand store has a large variety of goods, ranging from electrical appliances, books, ornaments, jewellery and toys.
Mr Barnes said everything in the store had been transported by himself or his staff.
“We have utes, trailers and trucks if we need to. We lease equipment too,” he said.
Mr Barnes said he was passionate about reusing and recycling.
“The majority of the business equipment is from recycling,” he said.
Mr Barnes said he didn’t initially plan on starting up a second-hand store, but after acquiring a large number of electronic parts he decided to open the business.
He said after collecting the second-hand gems, he noticed the business was also collecting a lot of non-reusable waste, so he started another business called Bits and Bytes recycling.
This business is specifically to process and recycle electronic waste.
Mr Barnes said people could come in and sell used goods at the store.
“Primarily, we aim to get these items back out into the community for people to enjoy them,” he said.
Staff member Blake Steenhuis said it was important to make a stand in reusing and recycling items.
“It’s something that needs to be done – somebody has got to put their foot forward and start something,” he said.
Seconds on Hazels is opened Thursday, Friday and Saturday, from 8.30am to late afternoon.
The store is located on Hazel street, Horsham, in the blue shed.