We are a social enterprise and charity based in Newport, south Wales.

Our social enterprise provides the weekly domestic recycling service for 75,000 households on behalf of Newport City Council.

Our charity runs a network of reuse shops and two education programmes.

Recycling Staff

Penny Goodwin

Chief Executive Officer

Ian Syms

Interim CEO (Recycling and Health and Safety Manager)

Janet Jones

Finance Manager

Kris Dowding

Operations Manager

HR and finance assistant

Salome Ndhlovu

Charity Staff

Alun Harries

Charity Manager

Nicola Rositer

Reuse Operations Manager

Safron Doney

Volunteer Manager

Alin Nistor

Reuse IT Technician


Our poverty alleviation work is focused on providing people in need with items donated to our nine retail outlets. 

We have shops at household recycling centres in: Cardiff, Llantrisant, Maesteg, Newport, Roseheyworth and Treherbert. We also have high street outlets in Aberdare, Newport and Pentrebach. 

We have more than 100 regular volunteers helping with the processing and distribution of donated household items and IT.

For some our shops provide a vital way out of social isolation; for others it’s a step in their career path. One third of the paid staff in our reuse operations were

Our core education programme hosts school visits in our fully interactive classroom at our Newport depot. More than 500 junior schoolchildren visit our education room each year.

We also run a schools outreach programme based around the benefits of recycling and reuse

Our PEAK education programme provides vocational and basic skills for young people struggling in mainstream education.

The facility has fully equipped workshops for; bike repair, plumbing, carpentry and digital design. We host pupils excluded from schools in Newport, Cardiff and Torfaen, helping them prepare for the world of work


Annual Reports


Our History

Wastesavers began life in 1985 as an environmental, interest group promoting the importance of reuse and recycling.

In the mid 90’s it became more proactive and began picking up old newspapers from peoples doorsteps for recycling, and hand sorting these at the local paper mill. In 1995 Wastesavers collected and recycled 22 tonnes of paper

Today Wastesavers recycles more than 18,000 tonnes of material a year and can’t imagine hand sorting the 5000 tonnes of paper it collects. That’s more than 85,000 trees per year!

We now employ more than 100 people across our kerbside and commercial operations as well as our reuse and education charity work.


The primary objectives of Wastesavers Charitable Trust.

The relief of poverty by provision of renovated furniture and other household items to those in need.

The advancement of education in respect of the environmental aspects and need for recycling in the community.

The advancement of numeracy, literacy and practical skills of young people who are struggling in mainstream education.


The primary objectives of Wastesavers Recycling Ltd.

To establish, operate and develop a variety of community recycling services for the collection and sale of post consumer waste.

To promote and cultivate, within educational establishments and the wider community, the environmental value of reducing, reusing and recycling waste.


Legal bits

The organisation comprises two elements: Wastesavers Charitable Trust (registered charity – No. 1116150) and its trading arms: Wastesavers Recycling Ltd (company No. 3842840). 

Wastesavers Recycling Ltd is the socially-owned trading subsidiary of Wastesavers Charitable Trust. With no share capital the company covenants all of its profits directly to the charity.