A Way to Recycle Instead of Throw Away Your Broken & Unwanted Garden Tools

Posted on: 28th June 2019

A project to recycle broken & unwanted garden tools now has drop off points at some of our waste and recycling Centres. This was something Cllr James helped to bring about whilst being in Cornwall Council’s Cabinet.

Project that takes your unwanted broken garden tools comes to Cornwall

Councillor James said “When I was approached by the project, it really resonated with me. Some will know I have a background of working with Offenders and have been an Assistant Prison Governor so I know the value to rehabilitation of having meaningful work for prisoners who repair the tools. Then those tools go to schools to help them get outside making space for nature and growing food. I also really appreciate that we have become too much of a throw away society and that we need to learn to value our resources more and throw away less. Many residents have pleaded with me to make more facilities available that they can take items for re-use rather than disposal and this definitely ticks that box!”

Unwanted garden tools can now be left at four of Cornwall’s SUEZ household waste and recycling sites – Falmouth & Penryn, United Downs, Connon Bridge, & Launceston. Hopefully drop off points will also be made available at the Saltash and Bude sites soon.

Toolshed is a lottery funded programme that the Conservation Foundation runs in partnership with HM Prisons with the aim of recycling and repairing unwanted garden tools. The refurbished tools are then distributed free to local schools and community projects who need them.

Tools Shed Flyer – for more info on the project generally

Toolshed poster – better quality version of poster above