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Establishing re-use and repair in Scotland

Changing behaviours around how people purchase and use products can prevent waste by increasing re-use and repair.

We are working strategically to establish re-use and repair behaviours across Scotland.

Revolve Re-use – Scotland’s Quality Standard

Zero Waste Scotland’s Re-use and Repair Programme is currently working to increase the profile of re-use in Scotland by supporting organisations to meet high standards with a recognisable certification, to increase consumer confidence and awareness, as well as providing infrastructure and capacity funding to support growth and scale within the existing re-use sector. 

Revolve is Scotland’s national re-use quality standard.  It’s aim is to drive up standards in re-use by supporting re-use businesses to meet all legal, regulatory and trading standards requirements as well as provide retail training and support to improve the overall customer experience. 

When you see the Revolve logo, you know you are buying from a re-use shop that is committed to quality and excellent customer service.

Revolve was developed to make it easier, more inviting, and safer for the general public to buy second hand items.  In 2016 Revolve reached the landmark of certifying its 30th store.

For all public, third and private sector bodies with a requirement to provide quality goods to resettling families, undertake void clearances or need re-use services for surplus stock, Revolve organisations are there to help support product and service needs to a guaranteed and certifiable standard.

The Re-use Line

Zero Waste Scotland provides the Re-use Line to make it easy and convenient for people to pass on their good quality, re-usable bulky furniture, and white goods and bikes, preventing items needlessly going to landfill.

The Re-use Line provides a freephone number 0800 0665 820 or online form for households to offer their items for re-use at their own convenience. The service then matches the requirements of the user with a local re-use organisation, who will then collect the item from inside their home – saving householders the trip to the tip and having to lift heavy items. Collected items then go on to be sold to raise funds for social causes or given directly to people in need.

All organisations that collect from the Re-use Line are either Revolve certified or meet entry level standards for Revolve.

For more information or to make a donation go to www.reuseline.com

Re-use and Repair Hubs

As part of a major programme of funding, Zero Waste Scotland has committed support to the development of three regional re-use and repair hubs across Scotland.  Located in locations as diverse as the Highlands, Edinburgh and rural Argyll & Bute, these hubs are designed to trial new ways of working, in particular partnership and collaboration, as well as creating access to repair services and online retail in order to increase the scale, visibility and access to re-use. For more information or to get involved please get in touch.

Repair training

As part of a programme to support an increase in repair skills, Zero Waste Scotland has funded seven third sector organisations throughout Scotland to access repair training courses spanning furniture, textiles and electronics.  By increasing the skill level and knowledge base around repair we are working to generate greater opportunities to mainstream repair activity and thus facilitate higher level of re-use activity.

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