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An innovative re-use shop is about to open at one of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s popular Community Recycling Centres (CRCs), selling an array of household items otherwise destined to go to waste.

The Shed, at Llantrisant CRC, will soon give residents the opportunity to purchase items deposited at CRCs from members of the public. From books to toys, bikes, crockery, ornaments, furniture and much more, the shop will give a new lease of life to items which had been thrown out.

The recycling initiative is a result of the partnership between not-for-profit recycling group Wastesavers, the Local Authority and Amgen Cymru. It will be officially opened at 11am on Monday, June 26, by Rhondda Cynon Taf’s own esteemed gardener Terry Walton, alongside Councillor Ann Crimmings, the Council’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for the Environment.

There will also be special appearances from recycling mascot Rhys Cycle, and a Womble ­– famed for ‘making good use of the things that they find’.

In doing just that, the scheme will see CRC attendants and volunteers identify items for re-use, before they are thoroughly checked to ensure they are in safe and good working order to be sold at The Shed.

The scheme will see a significant number of items kept out of landfill, building upon the momentum already created by the Council in improving its recycling record. During May, the Welsh Government confirmed 64% of Rhondda Cynon Taf’s waste was recycled – a County Borough record, maintaining its place above the Welsh average.

Llantrisant CRC opened in 2015 as the first centre of its kind in the UK – allowing visitors to ‘drive over’ recycling containers in their vehicles and drop materials into the relevant area.

Councillor Ann Crimmings, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Leisure, said: “This fantastic concept will see everyday items recycled and put to good use, and I’m confident that The Shed will be an excellent addition to our impressive recycling facility in Llantrisant – and there’s not long to wait now before it’s open to the public.

“The Council recently had confirmation that 64% of waste was recycled in the 2016 calendar year – an all-time high for Rhondda Cynon Taf. While residents should be proud of this, if everyone recycled just one more item it would make a huge difference to our goal of recycling 70% of waste by 2024-25. It is schemes like The Shed that can help achieve this.

“I recently visited the new shop and impressive progress has been made there. I look forward to returning to welcome our guests to the official opening on June 26.”

Another key event in the Council’s calendar is Love Where You Live 2017, where Rhondda Cynon Taf’s environmental heroes are rewarded. From litter pickers to environmental champions there are 24 finalists over eight categories, and the winners will be announced at a ceremony at Coleg y Cymoedd’s Nantgarw campus on July 4.

For more information on recycling in Rhondda Cynon Taf – including details about the Council’s seven CRCs, visit www.rctcbc.gov.uk/recycling. Alternatively, call 01443 425001 or email recycling@rctcbc.gov.uk.

Posted on Monday 19th June 2017

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