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Every council tip to have a reuse shop

Cllr Crimmings Terry Walton Cllr Holmes at the Shed OpeningOn a bright, slightly overcast Monday morning, Lesley Prescott, Head of Operations and Claire Charras, Business Support Manager set off to Llantrisant Recycling Centre in Rhondda Cynon Taf where FRN members, Wastesavers, officially opened The Shed, Rhondda Cynon Taff first reuse shop at a recycling centre.

Little did we know that we would be joining national allotment celebrity, Terry Walton (BBC Radio 2 Jeremy Vine show) who cut the ribbon to the new reuse shop and called on every council to set up similar shops.

Terry said: "We all throw away far too much stuff that could be reused, many people would prefer their unwanted items go to a good home but don't want the hassle of selling them.
"This shop is brilliant," he continued, "it's like a seven day a week car boot sale. To think that all this would have gone into landfill is criminal. Every recycling centre and tip should have one."
These are certainly words that echoed our own thoughts at the FRN. Diverting waste at point of disposal and working in partnerships with local councils to do so is something we do not see enough of in the UK.

Penny Goodwin, CEO of Wastesavers said: "We are confident that this shop is going to be a huge success – it's already almost full with less than one week of donations. We've created two jobs here as well as helping reduce items going to landfill."

All profits from the shop are evenly split between Wastesavers, who run a range of social inclusion projects, and Rhondda Cynon Taf council. The Shed is open seven days a week from 10am to 6pm and is staffed by Hazel and Paula.

Don't be deceived by the name "The Shed", while the entrance to it certainly does look like a shed, once you walk through, you find yourself ambulating into tunnels filled with treasures and bric-a-brac.

Nigel Wheeler, Director of Highways and Streetcare Services for Rhondda Cynon Taf advised us this is the only place of its kind in Britain and is based on a French design, Modulo Béton. The Shed is part of an innovative design for recycling centres. It uses the space under the ramps used at almost all HWRCs to house the shop. The units came pre-fabricated creating a large space for a shop while taking up no extra land.

Councillor Ann Crimmings, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council's Cabinet Member for Environment and Leisure, said: "This fantastic concept will see everyday items recycled and put to good use, and help us reach our recycling targets. It's an excellent addition to our impressive recycling facility in here Llantrisant."

A huge round of applause to Wastesavers who we certainly hope will provide us with an update at our next annual conference!

 

Penny Goodwin and Terry Walton web The Shed and Woomble web The Shed Inside web

 

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