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Emmaus Leeds Celebrates Big Waste Reduction This Recycle Week
This Recycle Week 2018, homelessness charity Emmaus Leeds is celebrating a big reduction in the amount of waste it sends to landfill.

Over the past six months the social enterprise based on St Mary’s Street has reduced the amount of waste it sends to landfill by 36%. The reduction is thanks to more items being reused and sold in Emmaus Leeds’ charity shops and a drive on increasing recycling rates.

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.

Phil Boyd, a companion at Emmaus Leeds, said:
“Not only are we saving items from landfill, but we are also providing low cost, good quality items to people who often cannot afford new. It’s great when you see how overjoyed people are when they get a good bargain – it makes all our hard work worthwhile.”

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.

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.

Chris Gomm, Operations Supervisor, said:
“The whole Emmaus Leeds community works to reduce waste going to landfill and ultimately save taxpayers money. We are proud to have reduced our tipping by 17.9 tons over the past six month period and keen to continue to these improvements.

“It’s also in our best interest to make use of as many items donated to us as we can. This enables us to raise the funds we need to help formerly homeless people who live and work at Emmaus Leeds.”

To find out more and support Emmaus Leeds visit www.emmaus.org.uk/leeds. 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.

Emmaus Leeds Celebrates Big Waste Reduction This Recycle Week, 28th September 2018, 15:08 PM