Too Good to Waste – Working Towards a Local Circular Economy

The Local Scene

building on an initiative started by Circular Falmouth, the following is a guide to organisations mostly in the Falmouth, Penryn and Truro areas currently involved in delivering a circular approach to the use of products and materials.

It includes local community groups, social enterprises, and businesses (small and medium-sized), which are listed here alphabetically under headings by resource.

Circular Economy image by WRAP, click image to view full size.

The Guide

Books and Publications
Cardboard Packaging
Community Economics and Skill-sharing (Freegle; LETS; Kernow Credit Union)
Food Waste (surplus food redistribution, waste food collections)
Furniture and Household Appliances
Green Garden Waste
Plastic Waste (and hard-to-recycle materials – includes mattresses)
Recycling Services (kerbside collection; household waste recycling centres; A-Z Guide; recycling destinations, specialist services)
Renewable Energy
Repair and Reuse Community Projects (repair cafes; libraries of things, community repaint)
Repair, Refill and Reuse Services (e.g. commercial bike repair, knife-sharpening, shoe repairs, and spectacles)
Research and Development (local, national, and international)
Textiles / Clothes (charity shops; clothing banks, bed linen, shoes)


the circular economy is one in which

“we keep resources in use for as long as possible, extract the maximum value from them whilst in use, then recover and regenerate products and materials at the end of each service life”
Source: WRAP (Waste and Resources Action Programme)


many thousands of tonnes of waste go to landfill or incineration across the U.K. every year, much of which could be recovered and re-purposed through re-design, repair, re-use or recycling, thus saving significant quantities of CO2 and other pollutants from entering the atmosphere, which contribute to climate change.

The adoption of a circular economy would, along with reduced consumption and the elimination of unnecessary packaging, go a long way towards achieving carbon neutrality, conserving valuable natural resources, protecting the local environment and benefit the local community, through job creation and keeping money circulating in the local economy

Recommended Use

the guide is intended to raise the profile of the growing importance of the circular economy, and encourage local support for both private and third sector organisations involved in its delivery.

Every effort has been made to ensure that this list is correct at the time of compilation, but is subject to change as new enterprises come on stream and others close for a variety of reasons, including due to the current Covid pandemic. Check the web links, or the enterprise direct, for any possible new developments.

Help us keep this resource up-to-date with suggestions for new additions, and with any corrections by emailing

n.b. Some of the above services may be on hold due to the ongoing pandemic – please check with the organisations concerned through their website and/or by phone

January 2023

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