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Recycling scheme exhausts supply

A furniture-recycling scheme in the South Wales valleys is so successful, it is running out of fridges, washing machines and sofas.

The circulate project, run by the Garnsychan Trust in Torfaen County Borough has made £35,000 for charity this year but is finding new wares hard to come by.

Circulate project manager Sassy Hicks said: "Demand is outstripping supply especially with white goods. In an area of social deprivation, there is a need for affordable, good items. The demand has gone stratospheric."

The company collects old furniture and appliances from houses and electronically tests all white goods before selling them on.

While the project helps reduce landfill figures and gives 15% discount to those on social benefits, it has now started targeting companies such as B&Q and Comet for goods.

Hicks added: "We seem to have exhausted our supply in the area, so are now targeting some of the bigger companies to donate goods. I don't think companies make enough of the social responsibility of these businesses."

Wood from damaged furniture is used to make sheds, kennels, benches and bird boxes for charities.

A new arts and crafts centre using recycled material is also planned as well as a healthy eating café for the factory.

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