Laura Sharman 14 August 2015

Council launches Ebay store to sell unwanted items

A council has set up an Ebay store to get rid of old and unwanted equipment and materials.

The environment and transport department of Barnsley Council is piloting the use of Ebay to sell old or surplus stock such as protective clothing, highways materials and plant equipment.

Cllr Roy Miller, the council's cabinet spokesperson for place, said: 'Using Ebay will provide us with another channel to manage surplus stock and will also give members of the public, along with council staff and partners, the opportunity to bid for items and goods.

'In a time when we are facing Government cuts to our funding, we are having to think more creatively and business-like in order to maintain our services. A few other councils have been successfully using Ebay so I'm happy that we are also giving it a go here in Barnsley.'

The council said it already tries to recover the cost from unwanted items through recycling or returning then to suppliers. If successful, the pilot will be extended to other departments within the council.

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