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Bargain buys especially for you at Swansea recycling centre shop

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: November 14, 2012

Geoff and Claire Hill shopping at The Corner Shop at the Household Waste Recycling Centre in Swansea, which offers everything from mirrors to a Kylie and Jason mug.

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SWANSEA is not short of cut-price stores — but the latest one on the block really does have a moral purpose.

Known as The Corner Shop, the premises at the Llansamlet household waste recycling centre sells goods that staff have saved from going to the local tip.

Everything is on sale for £1, and all the proceeds are used to fund children's educational projects being run by Swansea Council's recycling team.

Among the items to be saved are Bully, the much-loved mascot from 1980s game show Bullseye, kitchen equipment, furniture, musical instruments, ornaments, paintings, crockery, the obligatory cuddly toy and a Jason and Kylie mug.

"The staff on site are asking the public if the items they are throwing away that are in good condition can be sold in the shop," said Trish Flint, the council's recycling officer.

"All items in the shop are reclaimed items that were on their way to be thrown into landfill.

"There has been so much material coming into the shop that we have already had to add another unit to hold furniture items only.

"Stock changes daily, but everything from musical instruments to tables, toys, crockery and patio furniture and also some brand new items are available."

The Corner Shop is preventing tonnes of stuff from being buried in the ground.

Swansea, like all councils, has strict landfill allowances that need to be met, or it faces punitive fines.

In 2011/12, Swansea had a landfill allowance of 42,858 tonnes and tipped a total of 31,186 tonnes.

Councillor June Burtonshaw, Cabinet Member for Place, said: "It's vital that Swansea meets its requirements in terms of waste reduction. We need to continue to recycle more of our household waste every year so we can meet these strict targets.

"The Corner Shop is an excellent example of how we as a council can develop innovative ways to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill."

Visit www.swansea.gov.uk/ recycling for more details.

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  • Bisley  |  November 15 2012, 8:39AM

    muffinman235, you need to pay a little more attention. The article contains this line: Everything is on sale for £1, and all the proceeds are used to fund children's educational projects being run by Swansea Council's recycling team. People in Swansea make me laugh. They slate the council for 'doing nothing' and then slate them when they try to introduce new schemes. You can't have it both ways, especially when you probably do nothing to help anyone else yourself.

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  • geoboy01  |  November 14 2012, 8:05PM

    muffinman their not all like that at the recycling centre llansamlet some tidy lads up there, last august i tipped a load of old furniture and one of the guys working there helped me unload and when i said to him'hey thats a nice fishing rod and reel' he said if i can find a use for it then put it in the van!

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  • geoboy01  |  November 14 2012, 8:00PM

    i think its a great idea,just imagine how much good stuff has been buried over the years! the mirror in the picture bought for a nicker looks very simularto one being sold on gumtree website tonite for 15 quid hehe! have a look!!

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  • muffinman235  |  November 14 2012, 5:01PM

    If you ask the nice chappies working at this Council recycling site for something old that has been dumped in their skip that you could make use of, you are told that "if you remove it from the skip, then you will be prosecuted and taken to court", and here we have them "profiteering" from other peoples junk. I have heard of council employees working at these plants making a cushdy living on ebay selling other peoples disregarded items. seems it's one rule for them, and one for us. what this article fails to say is where the proceeds from the sale of these items is going? is it toward the council's xmas jolly up?or to charity?. I hope it's the latter.

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  • Jiffy  |  November 14 2012, 10:18AM

    No doubt there will be queues of second hand dealers lining up outside every morning. If the council wants to profit from this type of recycling, I suggest they employ the services of someone who can sort the finds. Privatised recycling tips elsewhere make a lot of money for their owners who check practically every item that arrives.

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