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Swansea council opens £1 shop at HWRC

Swansea council has opened a £1 shop at one of its Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC) to help divert waste from landfill.

The Corner Shop at the HWRC at Llansamlet is selling items brought to the centre that are in a good condition, which would otherwise go to landfill.

All the items are £1 and thel money raised will go towards children’s educational projects being run by the council’s recycling team.

The centre is currently open from Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm but the intention is to open seven days a week in the future.

Council recycling officer Trish Flint said: “All items in the shop are reclaimed items that were on their way to be thrown into landfill. The staff on site ask the public if the items they are throwing away are in good condition can be sold in the shop.

“There has been so much material coming into the shop that we have already had to add another unit to hold furniture items only. Stock changes daily but everything from musical instruments to tables, toys, crockery, patio furniture and brand new items are available.

“The development of the shop means we are able to divert a significant amount of waste away from landfill.”

Swansea council is not the first to sell re-usable items destined for landfill at an on-site shop - others can be found at Broadland council HWRCs in Norfolk. Some of on-site shops are run by charities, such as the Sue Ryder and Age Concern shops at Warwickshire council HWRCs.

WRAP’s latest guidance on HWRCs, published earlier this month. It outlined a vision in which HWRCs became reuse hubs that have shops and host refurbishment courses.



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