Finishing touches are now being made, to bring a new re-use shop to life in Treherbert.
The second, 'The Shed' which is based in Treherbert Community Recycling Centre will open its doors in the next few weeks and provide additional recycling and re-use facilities to residents in the Rhondda area.
Following the huge success of first 'The Shed' based in Llantrisant Community Recycling Centre, plans were announced last winter to re-create the success in Treherbert.
The Welsh Government allocated £120,000 from its Waste & Resource Efficiency Capital Fund to create the new facility in Treherbert, that is set to replicate the success of the original 'The Shed' in Llantrisant, will allow residents to take their unwanted items to 'The Shed' so that they can be sold-on and re-used.
Treherbert CRC was opened in March 2016 as part of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s ongoing commitment to continue to increase recycling rates across the County Borough. The opening of 'The Shed' will further increase the facilities on offer at the centre for its residents.
'The Shed' in Llantrisant continues to go from strength to strength and has successfully given over 180 tonnes of household items a new lease of life and diverted them from landfill in the last year.
In March, the original 'The Shed', based at Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Recycling Centre in Llantrisant, recorded its highest ever re-use figure - with over 20 tonnes of items being given a new home.
'The Shed' concept, gives residents the opportunity to purchase items deposited at the Community Recycling Centre (CRC) from members of the public. From books to toys, bikes, crockery, ornaments, furniture and much more, the shop gives a new lease of life to items which had been thrown out. The shelves and floor space are always brimming with an array of items with lots of treasures ready to be discovered.
After being identified for re-use by CRC attendants and volunteers, the items are thoroughly checked to ensure they are in safe and good working order.
The fantastic news that this model has now been replicated in Treherbert and will soon be opening its doors will mean that even more items can be saved from landfill and find new homes. The new facility will also further help to increase recycling figures in line with the Welsh Government target of 70% by 2024/25.
Councillor Ann Crimmings, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Leisure and Heritage Services, said: “'The Shed' is absolutely fantastic and has been a huge success with RCT residents. I am excited to see the success of the original 'The Shed' in Llantrisant replicated in Treherbert, resulting in even more items finding new homes and ultimately being diverted from landfill.
"I would also like to congratulate everyone at ‘The Shed’ in Llantrisant on their success so far and I’m very confident that the concept of ’The Shed’ will continue to build on its huge success both now and in the future, especially with the opening of the new facility in Treherbert.
“Our efforts are making a difference, I’m confident that through continued hard work and innovative thinking about the ways we can recycle more – such as the 'The Shed' projects - we can hit the 70% target by 2024/25."
Alun Harries, Charity manager with Wastesavers, who operationally manage both facilities said; “We’re really excited about opening up another Shed in Treherbert. The facilities the Council have provided are ideal and we’re sure the new shop is going to be a huge hit with residents in this part of RCT."
More and more people are recycling in RCT, however, more needs to be done to hit the Welsh Government’s 70% target by 2024/25, in order for the Authority to avoid significant fines. The need to recycle as much as we possibly can is being promoted through The Choice Is Clear - Everyone needs to recycle campaign.
Everyone needs to recycle, and it is estimated that three in four people in Rhondda Cynon Taf do so regularly.
The Council boasts a number of CRC's right across the County Borough and all of these facilities will cater for all recycling needs – a full list of CRCs and the items they accept can be found at www.rctcbc.gov.uk/communityrecyclingcentres
All centres are manned and attendants are happy to advise residents on recycling and assist or signpost them in disposing of their household material.
All centres are open Monday – Sunday 8:00 to 19:30 from April – October and Monday – Sunday 8:00 to 17:30 from November – March.
For further information on the community recycling centres and "The Shed" visit www.rctcbc.gov.uk/recycling or follow "The Shed" on Facebook/Twitter.
Posted on Thursday 2nd May 2019