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 volunteers with us.
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
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 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.
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.
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.