CARMARTHENSHIRE Council and CWM Environmental Ltd have officially opened Canolfan Eto, a brand-new re-use village in Nantycaws which aims to help close the loop on waste in Carmarthenshire and give a new lease of life to unwanted items.
Canolfan Eto offers a sustainable shopping experience to customers looking to purchase a wide range of items including furniture, bicycles, paint, gardening items and much more.
An education centre will soon host sessions for school pupils covering a range of environmental topics including; the importance of recycling, what happens to waste at recycling centres, how pollinators help us and how to support a circular economy in Carmarthenshire.
Cllr Aled Vaughan Owen, Cabinet Member for climate change, decarbonisation and sustainability said:
“The opening of Canolfan Eto in Nantycaws marks an exciting step in the expansion of the Eto project as well as the growth of sustainability in Carmarthenshire.”
“With an on-site repair workshop to transform donations, the project looks to repair and re-use items to keep them in use for as long as possible.”
Cllr Edward Thomas, Cabinet Member for transport, waste and infrastructure services added:
“Canolfan Eto will provide opportunities for residents and visitors to purchase a wide range of donated items that have been repaired and re-used by the project; helping to reduce the number of items that enter into the waste stream.”
The Eto project also includes a shop located in Stepney Street, Llanelli town centre which opened in 2021.
Donation stations are available at all of Carmarthenshire’s household waste recycling centres, where residents can donate items to the project.
Eto which means ‘again’ symbolises the main ambition of a circular economy. Canolfan Eto will encourage visitors to purchase and donate previously used items rather than buying new whenever possible. The project will also help to achieve Carmarthenshire’s ambition of delivering a circular economy throughout the county as well as becoming a leader in recycling and re-use within Wales.
A circular economy focuses on eliminating waste by cutting down on throw away consumption and turning materials that would have previously been disposed of into a valuable resource.
This project has been funded through Welsh Government’s Circular Economy fund.