A Welsh community re-use and recycling initiative has diverted less than 40 tonnes of waste from landfill and helped people on low incomes.
New figures from Cylch, the Wales Community Recycling Network show that its members helped divert 36,373 tonnes of waste from landfill between April 2006 and March 2007 via its furniture re-use project and kerbside recycling programme.
Cylch members provided more than 52,000 low income households across Wales by supplying them with quality affordable household items and its Newport waste savers members provided a kerbside recycling programme to local residents.
The figures show that community re-use and recycling initiatives are not only helping tackle the landfill crisis but also directly helping people on low incomes and some of the more vulnerable members of the community, said Cylch chief executive Mal Williams.
Our member organisations are also doing much of this good work by standing on their own two feet, in financial terms. Their combined annual turnover was £16.1 million of which they generated £5.7m themselves through sales and other income generating activities.