Monday 25 September 2017

Emmaus Leeds celebrates record year for recycling

Andy, Peter and Joe

This Recycle Week 2017 (25 Sept – 1 Oct), Emmaus Leeds is celebrating a record year of diverting waste from landfill.

Over the past 12 months the social enterprise based on St Mary’s Street has diverted 218 tonnes of household goods from landfill. The majority of these items have been sold in the Emmaus Leeds social enterprise with some furniture and whitegoods refurbished beforehand.

This reuse and recycling success is down to the hard work and effort of companions – formerly homeless people who live, work and are supported by Emmaus Leeds. All profits made from sale of the items go back into funding the work of the homelessness community in Leeds, helping to get more homeless people off the streets.

“I think the recycling Emmaus Leeds does is really good for the community morale, knowing we are saving things from landfill. It’s a great team achievement and we must also thank our supporters and customers too.”

Andy, a companion at Emmaus Leeds 

Emmaus Leeds supports 26 formerly homeless people by providing them with a stable home and meaningful work for as long as they need it. The charity has its main base and shop at St Mary’s Street and a stall at Kirkgate Market where they sell donated furniture, clothes, books, bikes, household goods and upcycled products.

Each year, Recycle Week aims to encourage the public to see the value of recycling. Now in its 14th year Recycle Week is a celebration of recycling, with this year's theme being, ‘Recycling - It’s Worth It!’

“We are delighted with the recycling and waste diversion results from the past 12 months. It shows that Emmaus Leeds is helping to reduce the impact of waste to landfill, saving Leeds taxpayers money. Our customers also appreciate the opportunity to buy perfectly good second-hand items at affordable prices, and for a good cause.”

Gina Morrison, Retail and Operations Manager 

How can you help? Have you got a piece of unwanted furniture that you’ve been looking to get rid of? Well why not bring it to your local Emmaus shop in Leeds, or the charity can collect it from you? Emmaus companions may be able to turn it into something beautiful that can then be sold in one of the Emmaus shops.

To find out more and support Emmaus Leeds visit If you would like to get involved or donate an item call 0113 248 4288 or visit Emmaus Leeds at St Mary’s Street, Leeds, LS9 7DP.


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