Portreath Retail Park
New Portreath Road
Redruth, TR16 4QL
is a Community Interest Company, nurturing people and communities by offering safe, creative environments to explore the benefits of upcycling in Cornwall.
We are a sustainable, non-profit making community hub for recycling and education.
We campaign to create empowerment and raise awareness of sustainable living and the effects of a local circular economy, by way of various volunteer-led projects, schemes and workshops.
Shop & Zero Waste Refill Store
Come and refill your cleaning products, drop off your recycling and have a look at the selection of unique and quirky pieces in store, all created by local artists and upcyclers.
Zero Waste Refill Store
Save money and plastic! Bring a refillable container with you to restock household essentials. The products are vegan, cruelty free and biodegradable
SESI formulas whilst gentle, actually clean!
For fragrances, we don’t use ‘exotic’ plants, we’re determined to cut on carbon footprint where possible
Customers keen to refill can afford SESI products, making the refill revolution a higher and wider environmental impact
A little bit about Upcycle Kernow...
Combining artistic practices with traditional skills, we create fun, safe environments to help you explore and develop your own sustainable journey. From Upcycling Workshops, Repair Cafes, Community Swishes, Resources Outlet and recycling points, our community has created a local circular economy that supports and benefits all aspects of an inspiring, sustainable lifestyle.
In our Upcycling Workshops, you can take part in a variety of creative projects from using power tools with reclaimed timber, or sewing machines to create textile art and transform clothes, or soldering for glass sculpture and jewellery making. These are the ideal place to use noise equipment, get wild with creativity, or to be calm, quiet and concentrate, whilst turning trash into treasure.
Upcycle Kernow FAQs
What can I recycle?
Please see our recycling posters above for details of what you can recycle and how to pre-sort your recycling before you drop it off.
Do you take Tetrapacks?
No we do not take tetrapacks (orange juice, soya, almond, oat milk cartons etc).
How do I drop off my recycling?
Our Terracycle drop off point is accessible 24/7 and is located along our main fence to the right of the Upcycle Kernow entrance. Please check out our 'How to Terracycle' section above, for details on how to package your recycling before dropping it off.
Can I volunteer?
Yes! We have many opportunities for volunteers to get involved, from the fixers at our Mobile Workshop and Repair Cafes, the staff who run the shop, the creatives who make everything look so beautiful, and the admin gurus who keep us all organised! Contact us to find out how you can get involved.
Where can I park?
We have an extensive car park, outside the front of our building. Please make sure you use this area as our neighbours get a bit tetchy sometimes! Thank you :)
Can I get something to eat onsite?
We don't presently have any public catering facilities, but our neighbours "Penny's Tea Room" serve lovely drinks, sandwiches and cakes!
How does your SESI Refill Service work?
You bring us your empty containers, and we refill them with as little or as much SESI Cleaning Products Products as you want - an environmentally friendly product, with very competitive prices. Save money, save plastic, save the planet! Win, win, win!
How can I donate?
You can donate your time by volunteering with us, you can donate your usable waste for one of our upcycling projects (please get in touch with any interesting resources you may have for us!) or you can even donate money which helps towards our daily running costs (mainly insurance and heat!). Thank you.
Can children participate in the Upcycling Workshops?
The workshops aren't suitable for younger children due to the high risks associated with some of the equipment involved, however, capable teens (with supervision) are welcome to attend. Our Tooligans programme is specifically designed for school-aged children including home-ed groups, youth groups and secondary schools. Please get in touch to find out more.