Trinkets and hidden gems to be discovered at Monmouthshire’s new recycle shop

From old trinkets to general bric a brac – there’s a whole menagerie of treasures to be discovered at Monmouthshire’s first household waste reuse shop.

The Shop, which is based at the Llanfoist Household Waste and Recycling centre, was officially opened on Friday 4th October by Council Chair, Councillor Shelia Woodhouse, and Councillor Jane Pratt.

The Shop’s purpose is to contribute to Monmouthshire County Council’s commitment to tackling climate change. In May, Monmouthshire County Councillors unanimously passed a motion declaring a climate emergency. This set out a clear policy commitment for the council to strive to reduce its own carbon emissions to zero by 2030; to encourage others to reduce their carbon emissions and work with partners in limiting global warming to less than 1.5 °C.

Since opening its doors in June, the reuse shop has already diverted seven tonnes of material from the waste stream and back into use. The Shop’s second purpose will see all profits made from sales go to supporting climate change initiatives such as tree planting, community orchards and community gardens projects. Since June £10,000 has been raised.

The daily running of the shop is supported by volunteers and the council is calling on more people to come and volunteer at the shop to expand the service. This can be helping with sales and general assistance around the unit.

A whole array of items have already been sold. Tools, pots, tables, chairs, bikes and musical instruments have all found new homes thanks to the hard work of the staff and volunteers on site.

The council is now encouraging residents to not only come and visit the shop to see what bargains they can find but also to bring any unwanted household items such as furniture, kitchenware or tools to the shop so it can find a new home. The Shop also provides great ideas for anyone who may enjoy upcycling or art projects.

Cabinet Member for Infrastructure and Neighbourhood Services, Councillor Jane Pratt said: “I’m delighted to officially open Monmouthshire’s very first reuse shop. To see items that would usually end up on landfill find a new home is wonderful and it’s also just another step in the council’s commitment to tackling climate change. It’s also fantastic to see that the shop offers volunteering opportunities and I would encourage anyone wanting to help out to get in touch.”

The Shop is open on Thursday and Friday between 10am and 2pm.