Tuesday 25 September 2018

Emmaus Cambridge saves over 700 tonnes of goods from landfill

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During national Recycle Week (24–30 September 2018) people who have experienced homelessness and social exclusion and now supported by Emmaus Cambridge are celebrating saving thousands of pieces of furniture from going to landfill, and asking local people to help by donating their unwanted items.

Last year, Emmaus Cambridge saved 761 tonnes of goods, including wardrobes, beds and three-piece suites, from going to the rubbish tip, by offering a collection service for large household items in good condition. The collected goods are then sold in the charity’s second-hand shop in Landbeach.

Emmaus Cambridge provides a home for as long as needed and meaningful work for 34 formerly homeless people, known as companions. Thanks to the charity’s recent #10FreshStarts fundraising campaign, 10 more rooms are currently under construction, which will grow its community to 44 companions by the end of the year. For people who have experienced homelessness and social exclusion, Emmaus offers them an alternative route out of homelessness within a supportive environment. Those supported at the community live together and help to manage the charity’s second-hand shop, coffee shop, and gardens, which allows them to gain valuable skills and raise funds to run the charity.

“Recycling isn’t just about separating out your weekly rubbish collections; many different materials can be saved from landfill and put to good use. We hope that by offering a collection service more people will be encouraged to think about donating their unwanted items to charity instead of sending them straight to the tip. Every donation to Emmaus helps us to change the lives of our companions, helping them to regain their self-resect and in due course move back into mainstream society.”

Diane Docherty, Director at Emmaus Cambridge

Now in its 15th year, Recycle Week is a celebration of recycling, organised by WRAP under the Recycle Now brand. The aim of the week is to encourage the public to recycle more, by demonstrating the benefits of recycling items from all around the home. This year’s theme is 'Recycling. We do. Because it matters.’

To book a collection for unwanted furniture, please call 01223 863 657 ext 225 or email collections@emmauscambridge.org