Friday, 1 March 2024
Friday, 1 March 2024

Homelessness charity celebrates saving 630 tonnes from Oxfordshire landfill

DURING this year’s Recycle Week (21-27 September), local homelessness charity Emmaus Oxford is celebrating saving thousands of pieces of furniture from going to landfill.

In 2019, Emmaus Oxford saved 630 tonnes of items from the waste chain – the weight equivalent of approximately 49 double-decker buses. Instead of going to the tip, these second-hand items were sold in the charity’s Barns Road store in Cowley.

All donated items that are sold generates the income needed to provide a home, meaningful work, daily support and funded training for people who have experienced homelessness and social exclusion.

The theme for this year’s Recycle Week, which is now in its 17th year, is ‘Together – We Recycle’. The combined efforts of the Emmaus Oxford team, together with donors, shoppers and supporters, is helping to ensure that thousands of items every week are given a longer life.

Eddie Blaze, Chief Executive at Emmaus Oxford, said:

“By us all working together, we’re reducing waste to landfill, doing our bit for the environment and helping to sustain the support offered to people who have experienced homelessness.

“This Recycle Week, we’re asking people to look around their house, shed, loft and garage – if they have any quality furniture they don’t need, they can book a free collection with us.

“We couldn’t do our work without the public and we hope that our local community continues to pull together and help us make a difference to the environment and the lives of the people we support.”

Recycle Week is a celebration of recycling, organised by WRAP under the Recycle Now brand. This year, the theme will thank the nation for continuing to recycle despite the challenges that COVID-19 has presented, under the banner ‘Together – We Recycle’.

Emmaus Oxford collects large and multiple items in good saleable condition for free. To book a collection, visit

Prices for an Emmaus house clearance service vary from £200 + VAT upwards. To enquire about a house clearance, call 01865 763698.

For more information about Recycle Week visit


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