Welsh councils opening second-hand shops to sell waste items

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Second-hand shops open at recycling centres in Wrexham and Neath Port Talbot

A number of local authorities in Wales have had the ingenious idea of opening second-hand shops at their household waste recycling centres (HWRCs) in order to reduce waste to landfill rates.

Wrexham County Borough Council has followed in the footsteps of Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council and has opened The Reuse Shop at its Bryn Lane recycling centre, situated on theWrexham Industrial Estate.

The scheme in Neath Port Talbot is diverting up to 10 tonnes of household waste every month from landfill sites and incinerators by selling the “fit-for-purpose” waste in its own The Reuse Shop.

Welsch councils opening second-hand shops to divert waste from landfill

The Reuse Shop has opened near this Wrexham recycling centre

The Wrexham second-hand shop is being operated on a daily basis by Nightingale House Hospice, a Wrexham-based charity which offers free support and care to those suffering from a terminal illness.

Nightingale House Hospice and Wrexham council’s waste management contractor will share the profits from The Reuse Shop.

The second-hand shops sell an array of unwanted items, including toys, ornaments, furniture, bicycles, construction/DIY materials and other such similar items. The unwanted goods are saved from the recycling centre containers by the eagle-eyed staff who man the HWRCs.

Mac Kendrick, manager at the Bryn Lane recycling site, commented: “You’ll be gobsmacked by what people throw away… There is treasure here. There is always the opportunity to find something of value.”

Monmouthshire County Council has also announced plans to open its own second-hand shop at its Llanfoist site, situated near Abergavenny.

The Welsh government has set a zero-waste-to-landfill target by 2050. Wales currently holds the recycling top spot amongst all the Home Nations, having recycled 60% of its municipal waste in 2015/16, compared to 42% for England and Scotland.

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