A new white goods reuse project has been launched in Carmarthenshire.
Unwanted electrical appliances such as cookers, fridge-freezers and washing machines are repaired, cleaned and then sold under the ‘Gwyn i Wyrdd’ project.
Anyone living in Carmarthenshire with unwanted appliances can contact the team and they will pick them up for free.
As well as promoting repair, reuse and recycling, the scheme provides opportunities for training for people who have struggled to gain employment because of mental health, substance misuse, chronic health condition, or because of a learning or physical disability as part of the COASTAL project.
The electrical appliances are taken to the workshop in Cross Hands where they are repaired and tested by qualified EEESafe registered domestic appliance technicians.
STEPs participants are involved in the preparation, cleaning and safe dismantling of the equipment but are not involved in the electrical repair.
Executive Board Member for Social Care Cllr Jane Tremlett said: “This is an excellent project which provides affordable and safely repaired white goods to local communities and at the same time offers training opportunities and the chance for people to learn new skills.”
The COASTAL Project is part funded by the European Social Fund, as part of the 2007-2013 West Wales & The Valley Convergence Programme.
Executive Board Member for Technical Services Cllr Colin Evans said: “It is important that we try and reduce the amount of electrical waste in Carmarthenshire and repair and reuse as much as possible.”
Carmarthenshire County Council
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