Posted on: Wednesday 30 October 2019
Local dignitaries and a young recycling enthusiast came together today (30th October 2019) to help local charity Circuate Recycling, in partnership with Torfaen County Borough Council and FCC Environment, launch a unique retail outlet close to the Torfaen household waste recycling site in New Inn.
The Reuse Shop sells unwanted items that residents have donated at the local recycling site with those unwanted items donated by the public going on sale to raise vital funds for the charity.
“Ever since primary school, I have been really interested in recycling and I am passionate about making use of all our waste efficiently. And I am making it my business to be sure we are a doing it properly in Torfaen” said Ieuan.
“So today’s re-use shop opening has been a big part of the recycling journey and I hope the community uses the shop for many years to come.”
Councillor Fiona Cross, Torfaen County Borough Council, executive member for the environment, said: "I’m delighted that the Reuse Shop is open for business, and hope residents will donate items which they were thinking about recycling or disposing of (if they are still in a good condition). By donating items to the Reuse Shop residents will be helping a local charity and reducing the amount of waste sent to create energy from waste.
“Reducing the amount of waste we produce, and reusing items should always be the first thing we do before recycling them. So I’m really pleased we are officially opening the Reuse Shop in Torfaen today. Items are on sale at a reasonable price so visit today and grab yourself a bargain.
Kate Burton, Garnsychan Partnership Manager at Circulate Recycling, looks forward to seeing the new project in action: “Our retail outlets play a huge role in supporting our community so the chance to open a new shop is always exciting, particularly when it’s something a little bit different.
“The amount of perfectly good, saleable items which can be recycled or sold is incredible, so the new shop’s location offers an excellent opportunity to stock our shelves with all kinds of items now able to find a new home and raise funds as they do it.”
FCC Environments’ Regional Director Steve Longdon said: “As a business, we work hard to recycle as much of the waste that comes onto our recycling sites as possible. But we have long been aware that many of the items that are brought still have a useful life ahead of them and as Blue Planet 2 has shown, we are all really keen to do our bit. So the time is right to bring in retail experts who can work with our team to spot real ‘treasure amongst the trash’ and give items a new lease of life.”