“New re-use scheme at Brecon Household Waste Recycling Centre sees charitable venture, Tools for Self Reliance Cymru, recycle and refurbish old and unwanted hand tools for African grass roots community groups.

Together in collaboration with Powys County Council and Potter Group, Tools for Self Reliance Cymru (TFSR Cymru) have set up the re-use scheme in Brecon which collects the second-hand tools recycled at the HWRC by Powys residents.

The tools are then collected by the Crickhowell based charity, who, with the help of skilled volunteers, refurbish the items and either sell, to raise much needed funds for the charity, or donate to grass roots community groups in Africa. In the past 35 years TFSR Cymru have sent more than a million tools to craftsmen and women in rural communities of Africa. Tools mean work, and the chance to shape their future and improve livelihoods.

“Complementing the large range of items being recycled at the HWRCs in Powys, this re-use scheme is just the latest way in which we can help ensure we reduce, reuse and recycle as much of our waste as possible.” Explains Cllr Heulwen Hulme, Cabinet Member for Waste and Recycling.

“We already have a number of reuse and repair centres within the county, but this specific scheme with TRSR Cymru is unique in providing the necessary tools and equipment to communities in Africa, ensuring they are equipped to build a better way of life.”

Above extract from Powys Council Newsroom. Full article can be found here: https://en.powys.gov.uk/article/12363/Recycled-hand-tools-from-Powys-get-a-new-lease-of-life-in-Africa

Caroline Talbot
Author: Caroline Talbot