Our new reuse store (The Cabin) at the Lamby Way Recycling Centre in Cardiff was officially opened by cardiff Councillor Michaels on 13.October 2021.
The store gives Cardiff residents a chance to donate unwanted household items to the on-site charity shop rather than dump them in recycling skips.
In the first month of opening “The Cabin” has already saved more than 4,200 items from the skips.
Tom Belcher, Wastesavers Area Manager said: “If you’ve ever visited the recycling centre and been shocked by what people throw away you now have the chance to donate items to a charity shop rather than dump them in the skip.
“We’ve had an amazing response from people since opening. Customers constantly tell us they just cannot believe what people throw away.
“Residents also love the idea that their unwanted items have a chance of finding a new home rather than ending up in a skip.
“By setting up this shop we have also created three new jobs and will be saving tons of items from being dumped. Everybody wins.”
On her second visit to the shop, Cardiff resident Janet Jenkins said; “I love this place. My kids see it as a toy shop and it’s great that this stuff is being saved from landfill. We should have had this shop years ago!”
Councillor Michael Michael, Cabinet Member for Clean Streets, Environment and Recycling at Cardiff Council, said, “The council has been set very challenging recycling and composting targets by Welsh Government and we have to do everything we can to reduce, reuse and recycle as much of the city’s waste as possible.
“Reuse schemes are very important, as these schemes divert waste that sometimes can be recycled, or would otherwise be sent to an Energy Recovery Facility (incineration). By reducing and reusing as much waste as possible, the recycling rate for the city will increase and will help us strive towards the targets that have been set.”
A second shop is planned for the Bessemer Road Recycling Centre to the west of the city centre.
The cabin is open seven days a week from 09.00 to 16.00.