Posted on: Tuesday 4 January 2022
A shop selling good quality unwanted items has reopened next to the Household Waste Recycling Centre.
The Steelhouse Reuse Shop, which opened over Christmas, sells a range of stock, including furniture, sports equipment and children’s toys taken to be recycled at the centre, but considered good enough to be reused.
Members of public can also donate items to the shop itself on Panteg Way, in New Inn, Pontypool.
The shop, which has been closed for more than a year, is run by the charity Wastesavers, in partnership with Torfaen Council and FCC Environment, the company which operates the recycling centre.
Councillor Mandy Owen, Torfaen Council’s executive member for the environment, said: “I’m delighted the Reuse Shop is open for business again, and I hope residents will donate good quality items which they were thinking about recycling or disposing of.
"By donating items to the Steelhouse Reuse Shop residents will be helping a local charity and reducing the amount of waste sent for disposal. Items are on sale at a reasonable price so visit today and grab yourself a bargain.
"Reusing items is also an excellent alternative to other waste management methods, which produce greenhouse gases, so it will help us to achieve our goal of Torfaen becoming net carbon zero by 2050."
Alun Harries, Charity Manager at Wastesavers, based in Newport, said: “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 reused 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 at the same time.”
FCC Environment's Operations Director Steve Longdon added: “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 opening this shop immediately following the COP26 conference is great timing.
"We know residents are all really keen to do their 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.”
The shop, at Unit 8, South Pontypool Industrial Estate, New Inn, NP4 0LS, will be open 9am to 4.30pm, Monday to Sunday, and parking is available.
For information about the Household Waste Recycling Centre, visit our website.