Bulky Waste Re-use Partners in Rhondda Cynon Taf

Levels of bulky waste re-use and recycling have increased in Rhondda Cynon Taf since the council and the charity toogoodtowaste entered into a service level agreement in 2005. This enables local residents to donate suitable furniture and other household goods when they book a bulky waste collection.

Toogoodtowaste sells donated items from its charity shops back into the community, and the money raised is used to support on site volunteering and training.

This partnership is notable in the way the council and charity work closely to achieve shared objectives. They meet regularly to discuss performance, targets and any new service developments, jointly promote the service, and constantly look for new ways to develop the partnership. For example, re-use collection points are now being established at the council’s Household Waste Recycling Centres.

In 2010 the charity’s showroom sales increased by 18%, 240 tonnes of waste were diverted from landfill, and over 5,000 people bought items from the showrooms. The partnership provides many social benefits – in 2010, 65 people volunteered, 39 people were provided with work placements, and seven young people received six months’ paid employment with on-the-job training.

To find out more, have a look at our case study.