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Council Awards Recycling Contract to Homeless Charity

Published on Tuesday, 4th December 2018

Cllr Bell and Steve Brown from NWBC meet Ian Mutch and companions Stephen and Scott at Emmaus

North Warwickshire Borough Council’s Recycling Team has linked up with Emmaus Coventry and Warwickshire to allow residents to recycle their furniture and electrical items and help formerly homeless people.

Emmaus will be collecting all bulky waste, but will separate out any re-usable items for re-sale or re-distribution within the Coventry and Warwickshire area. Large items such as sofas, wardrobes and dining tables can be reused and sold in Emmaus’ shop on Red Lane raising vital funds for the charity.

The charity provides formerly homeless people, known as Companions, with a home, food, basic essentials and full time work. Items which cannot be sold will be recycled.

Cllr Margaret Bell, Chairman of the Community and Environment Board at NWBC said; “This partnership means residents can dispose of their unwanted pieces of furniture or electrical goods and benefit a great charity at the same time. At this time of year especially, people are looking to replace large items and, for a small fee, you can have these collected from your home. Items don’t have to be in perfect condition as the Companions will repair and restore items giving them the opportunity to learn new skills and raise the money for the charity.

Geraldine Tsakirakis, Community Director at Emmaus said, 'We are extremely happy to expand our bulky waste service to North Warwickshire it will allow us to create a new opportunity for our companions and to spread the word of the good work that Emmaus undertakes into the Borough. We look forward to working with residents.'

The service will operate Monday to Friday with each area of the Borough having a dedicated collection day. Visit for more information and to place a booking phone 01827 715 341.

Photo: (Left to Right) Ian Mutch (Enterprise Manager), Stephen Jones (Companion), Cllr Margaret Bell, Scott Penman (Companion) and Steve Brown, Waste Services at NWBC.