Fruit machine donated to new re-use shop at recycling centre in Ipswich

Fruit machine

Fruit machine - Credit: Archant

They say one man’s junk is another’s treasure - and if this unusual item is anything to go by, it could be a collector’s dream.

They say one man’s junk is another’s treasure - and if this unusual item is anything to go by, it could be a collector’s dream.

The new re-use shop at Foxhall Recycling Centre, in Ipswich, has been donated a retro Bar X themed fruit machine by a member of the public.

The one-arm bandit machine offers a top prize of £8 and is one of the more unusual items given to the store since it opened at the beginning of March.

It will now be sold to help fund the work of the re-use store’s charity partner, The Benjamin Foundation.

Steve Bell, development manager for re-use at FCC Environment, said: “We’ve had some strange items donated to re-use stores in my time, but this is right up there.

“We don’t know where it came from or much about how it arrived; it may have been a pub landlord or an arcade owner, but we’re sure there will be a collector or enthusiast out there who might be interested.

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“In the meantime I’ve told the team they can have a play with it but, to be clear, we won’t be selling it with any money in.”

The shop, which is run by The Benjamin Foundation in partnership with FCC Environment who operate Suffolk’s recycling centres on behalf of Suffolk County Council, is open to customers during the recycling centre opening times – 9am until 4pm Monday to Saturday and 10am until 4pm on Sunday.

Visit benjaminfoundation.co.uk or suffolkrecycling.org.uk for more information.