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Swansea Swap Shop finds new homes for thousands of unwanted goods

This is a news article from February 2009.  For the most up to date information about Recycling in Swansea visit www.swansea.gov.uk/recycling
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THOUSANDS of items from a speedboat to a foot spa have found new homes thanks to Swansea Council's Swap Shop.

More than 2,500 unwanted items too good to simply throw away have been passed on via Swansea Council's specially set up website in two and a half years.

And the credit crunch has seen demand for the service increase especially in the last few weeks.

The Swap Shop website, set up by Swansea Council, aims to provide a service where the public can advertise unwanted items or acquire items that are too good to simply throw away using the web.

Recycling Officers in Swansea have labelled the site a great success saying that Swansea Swap Shop is not only benefiting the public but also the environment.

It's giving people the opportunity to pass on their unwanted items to others instead of them ending up in landfill.

As well as furniture, toys, electrical and DIY goods items swapped include a motorbike, garden fencing and a rabbit hutch.

One swapper switched a speedboat for a motorcross bike.

Everything from cars to caravans and from sheds to greenhouses to bouncy castles have also been given new homes online.

Cllr John Hague, Cabinet Member for the Environment in Swansea Council, said: "We are faced with a huge challenge in reducing landfill and achieving the strict allowances which decrease each year.

"This is a wonderful and innovative scheme to help us achieve those targets by diverting unwanted items from landfill sites and I am delighted it has been received and used so positively by the public."

Trish Flint, Swansea Council's Recycling Officer, said: "We're delighted with the success of the website.

"As well as giving people the opportunity to pass on their unwanted items to others instead of them ending up in landfill it also gives users the opportunity of obtaining items they want without handing over any cash.

"People seem to be finding that they're saving money and still getting things they want despite of the economic downturn and credit crunch.

"But even if people don't use the website and have to dispose of household items after a sort out, they can take them to any one of the civic amenity sites operating in Swansea."

If you have anything to swap or just want to get rid of something from the home then check out the website and help the environment at www.swansea.gov.uk/swapshop

The site also has links to other organisations the Council works closely with to enable unwanted items to be reused. Those that take furniture and white goods as well as smaller household items include Res-s-Rec Swansea who can also be contacted on 01792 653553, MoRe Green Recycling Swansea who can be contacted on 07967 421662 and Enfys Foundation Swansea who can be contacted on 0845 0094646.

There's also the BEN ReCycle project for old bikes in Swansea who are available on 01792 468271.

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