Leeds homeless charity celebrates record year for recycling

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Homelessness charity 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.

Andy, a companion at Emmaus Leeds, said: “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.”

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.

The news comes in National Recycling Week, which aims to encourage the public to to see the value of recycling.

If you have furniture you want to get rid of, you can take it to the Emmaus shop in Leeds, or they can collect it from you.