Funding available to increase re-use activity

Scottish third sector organisations can benefit from a new £150,000 grant fund designed to help increase re-use of furniture and other household goods. 

26 Jul 13

The funding, from Zero Waste Scotland, aims to support the growth and development of re-use organisations.  It can be used for activities which increase the quantity and quality of items being re-used, including increased collections, improved logistical support, purchase of specialist re-use and repair equipment, and  improvements to sales capacity and retail environments.

The funding is also designed to support third sector organisations in achieving accreditation through Revolve, Scotland’s national re-use quality standard. The Revolve quality mark makes it easier for the general public, businesses and the public sector to get involved in re-use both in terms of donating items and purchasing them.

Last year, Zero Waste Scotland awarded £400,000 to 15 re-use organisations, including Stirling-based Recyke-a-bike who purchased a collections container at a local Household Waste Recycling Centre; and Blythswood Care who extended their operations to include up-cycling of unwanted items into new higher-value products. 

Scotland’s re-use sector currently diverts around 450,000 tonnes of unwanted materials from landfill every year.  It also generates in excess of £20 million a year, creates over 700 jobs, and over 5,000 volunteer posts or supported placements.

Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead said:

 “Re-use organisations across Scotland do a great job in cutting waste, helping people to save money and benefitting local communities. I am delighted that this funding will support third sector organisations to do even more to expand these benefits and strengthen their operations.”

Iain Gulland, Director, Zero Waste Scotland, said:

“Re-use has enormous benefits to the environment, diverting valuable materials from landfill and giving them a longer life.

“I’m delighted to announce this further round of grant funding to third sector organisations, providing the opportunity for strengthening and adding real value to their operation.”

James Campbell, Chief Executive Blythswood Care, said:

“The funding we received from Zero Waste Scotland has enabled us to develop our up-cycling, diverting materials like duvet and pillow covers from landfill, and instead creating popular items like dog beds and reusable bags for sale in our shops.”

Sandy Mohamet, Project Manager Recyke-a-bike, said:

“The expansion of Recyke-a-bike would have been a great deal more difficult without the funding we received from Zero Waste Scotland. This financial support allowed us to promote our bike recycling scheme more widely, has helped logistically in the collection of bikes and enabled us to increase recycling rates and the availability of Revolve quality standard recycled bicycles to communities. 
“The funding has enabled us to demonstrate our credibility as a third sector organisation, helping us to make improvements and move towards our goals.”


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