We’re happy to announce that our new reuse shop at the Llantrisant Recycling Centre is now officially open, and if the first day is anything to go by its going to be a pretty busy place.

National allotment celebrity Terry Walton (BBC Radio 2 Jeremy Vine show) snipped the red ribbon and told the crowd that every recycling centre in Wales should have one of these shops.

Before cutting the ceremonial ribbon, Terry Walton said;  “We all throw away far too much stuff that could be reused and many people would prefer that unwanted items go to a good home but don’t want the hassle of selling them.

“This shop is brilliant,” he continued, “it’s like a seven day a week car boot sale. To think that all this would have gone into landfill is criminal. Every recycling centre and tip should have one.”

Known as “The Shed”, Wastesavers secured the contract to run it following on from the success of Newport’s  Tip Shop.  The Newport Tip Shop is proving such a success that it’s created two new jobs as well as help divert thousands of items away from the skips.

RCT Councillor Ann Crimmings joined in with the entertainment

Penny Goodwin (CEO of Wastesavers) said: “We are confident that this shop is going to be a huge success – it’s already almost full with less than one week of donations. The aim is to at least break even and secure the two jobs we have created here.”The RCT Shed is has more space than the Newport site as it was purpose built, but was almost totally full of items within a week of taking donations.

A very busy first day – not bad for a Monday morning!

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 help us reach our recycling targets. It’s an excellent addition to our impressive recycling facility in here Llantrisant.”

The RCT Shed has created two jobs and any profit will be split between the Wastesavers  social inclusion projects and Rhondda Cynon Taf council.

The Shed will be open daily between 10am and 6pm seven days a week and is located behind the Royal Mint in Llantrisant. CF72 8YT