Monday 24 September 2018

Emmaus Greenwich saves over 200 tonnes of goods from landfill

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During national Recycle Week (24–30 September 2018) Emmaus Greenwich is celebrating saving thousands of pieces of furniture from going to landfill, and asking local people to help by donating their unwanted items.

In 2017, Emmaus Greenwich saved over 200 tonnes of furniture including wardrobes, beds and three-piece suites, from going to the rubbish tip, by offering a free collection service for large household items in good condition. The collected goods are then sold in the Emmaus shops in Plumstead, Lee, Poplar and Welling.

Emmaus Greenwich offers an alternative route out of homelessness within a supportive environment for 34 men and women, known within Emmaus as companions, who have experienced homelessness and social exclusion. Those supported at the community live together and help to run the vans, workshops and shops, which raises 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 free collection service more people will be encouraged to think about donating their unwanted good-quality 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.”

Tony Bradbury, Chief Executive at Emmaus Greenwich

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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 free collection for unwanted furniture, please call 020 8854 3426 or visit