DIY sale returns

Event organiser Paula Harvey.

The Great DIY Sale is returning to Hautapu on October 20, giving residents a chance to divert would-be rubbish from landfill and repurpose building materials in their own DIY and construction projects.

The ‘brain child’ of Rob May Builders director Jono McCullough, the event started last year as a way to stop useful DIY products from going to landfill, with trades people donating excess or unused materials to be sold at a discount price to the public.

The event saw $11,000 raised for Cambridge East Primary School, and over 15 tonnes of materials avoiding landfill.

“After last year we thought, if that’s what managed to get collected in the space of one term, imagine what we could collect if we actually had storage, so we’ve been collecting and storing things in a shipping container,” explained Paula Harvey, a Cambridge East School staffer and event organiser.

This year’s sale items include a large bath tub and other plumbing gear donated by Plumbing World Te Awamutu, plants from Amber Garden Centre, and timber, insulation, tiles, flooring and paint.

Waipa District Council will help with traffic management, and Te Miro School will provide food and coffee from 8am, before doors open at 9am. The event – at Shaw’s, 75 Victoria Rd, Cambridge – will run to noon – earlier if everything sells.

The sale has also been bolstered by a promotional funding grant from the Waste Minimization Fund.

Companies supporting this year’s event include Mitre 10, ITM Cambridge, Amber Garden Centre, Plumbing World Te Awamutu, Tree Town Kitchens, Wackrows Joinery, Intawood Products, Guthrie Bowron, GD Pringle Building, M Sampson Builders, Straight Paint, Elevate Architectural Transportables, Cambridge Storage, Cambridge Security, Shaw’s and the Cambridge News.

Funds raised will go towards the refurbishment of Cambridge East School’s outdoor play and activity spaces.

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