Glasgow residents offered easy option for pre-Christmas clear out through free furniture re-use hotline

Glasgow residents looking to make space for visiting Family members over the festive period can have bulky furniture items collected for free through the National Re-use Phone Line.  

7 Dec 15

The free service, managed by Zero Waste Scotland, collects unwanted items such as wardrobes, chests of drawers, sideboards, tables, sofas and beds that are in re-usable condition and takes them away to be used again.

The service is a hassle-free way to move items on that you no longer want in a way that’s good for both planet and pocket. The free service also ensures items in good condition go on to have a longer life, which reduces their impact on the environment.

Local residents can simply call 0800 0665 820 to pass their items on. Items are collected by local re-use organisations which sell the furniture to support good causes. The phone line is open from 9am to 5pm and you can donate online at any time at

Iain Gulland, Chief Executive, Zero Waste Scotland commented:

“Whether you’re making space for visiting relations, have ordered a new sofa in time for Christmas or are looking to buy furniture in the post-Christmas sales, the National re-use phone line takes the hassle out of passing on old items, and sends them on to be used by someone else. It means you can avoid a trip to the tip, help someone in need and help the planet all in one phone call.

“Glasgow City Council’s bulky uplift service will be closed from 18th December until 10th January, but the National Re-use Phone Line will be open for enquires about passing on items in good condition that can be re-used up until 5pm on Christmas Eve, on the 29th, 30th and 31st December and re-opening on 5th of January.”

To ensure your item can be collected, Zero Waste Scotland does advise householders to check that sofas and armchairs have their fire tags still in place to comply with regulations around re-sale, and to ensure items are not broken or damaged as they would not be able to be collected.

Encouraging greater re-use of items is a key part of Zero Waste Scotland’s work in creating a circular economy, where products and materials stay in the highest value state for as long as possible. Around half a million of sofas are sent to landfill each year in Scotland. However, around a fifth are currently re-used which generates £1.5m to the Scottish economy through sales and employment and saves the equivalent of 4500 tonnes of carbon emissions, which is the equivalent of taking 750 cars off the roads.

Re-using items is significantly more environmentally friendly than recycling them. For example, re-using 100 sofas saves 1.5 tonnes of carbon compared to recycling them. The Recycle for Scotland website has a wealth of information about how to reduce your waste and re-use more often as well as information on recycling, providing a one-stop shop for ways to become a zero-waste household.

Find out more at

Notes For Editors

  • Zero Waste Scotland is funded by the Scottish Government to support the delivery of its Zero Waste Plan and other low carbon and resource efficiency policy priorities.
  • Zero Waste Scotland is helping Scotland to become more efficient in its use of resources. We are supporting progress towards Scotland’s ambitious zero waste targets and enabling Scottish society to reap the benefits of more efficient use of resources.
  • More information on all Zero Waste Scotland’s programmes can be found at . You can also keep up to date with the latest from Zero Waste Scotland though via our social media channels - Twitter | Facebook | Google Plus | LinkedIn

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