A new program aimed at giving new life to old tools for African communities has been set up at a recycling center in Powys.
Old and unwanted hand tools are refurbished at the Brecon Household Waste Recycling Center by the charity Tools for Self Reliance Cymru (TSFR Cymru).
Working with Powys County Council and The Potter Group, TFSR Cymru has set up the Reuse Scheme in Brecon which collects used tools recycled at the depot by Powys residents.
The tools are then collected by the Crickhowell-based charity, who, with the help of trained volunteers, refurbish the items and either sell them, to raise much-needed funds for the charity, or donate to groups grassroots communities in Africa. Over the past 35 years, TFSR Cymru has sent over a million tools to artisans and women in rural communities across Africa. Tools mean work and the opportunity to shape their future and improve their livelihoods.
Heulwen Hulme, Cabinet Member for Waste and Recycling, said: ‘Complementing the wide range of recycled items at HWRCs in Powys, this reuse scheme is just the latest means by which we can ensure that we reduce, reuse and recycle as much of our waste as possible.
“We already have a number of reuse and repair centers in the county, but this specific program with TSFR Cymru is unique in that it provides the necessary tools and equipment to communities in Africa, ensuring they are equipped to build a better way of life”.
After initiating the meeting between the council and TFSR Cymru to consider how hand tools could be collected for reuse, Cllr Liz Rijnenberg and Cllr Marie Matthews said: “We are delighted that this community initiative has been put in place and we hope that more projects like this, big and small, can be developed.
Debbie Potter from Potter Group added: “Sustainable waste management and recycling initiatives are at the heart of what we do, and we are really happy to be able to support the TRSR Cymru reuse program in Brecon and contribute to this work. worthwhile local charity helping to give new life to unwanted tools.
Ian Jones, co-chairman of Powys-based TFSR Cymru, said: “TFSR Cymru is delighted to be working with Powys County Council, the Potter Group and local community groups on this initiative. With their help, we can refurbish and give new life to old tools and sewing machines and improve the livelihoods of rural Tanzanian families.