Local engagement with re-use services report

This report explores the relationship between re-use and repair behaviours and the provision of services in different areas across Scotland.

The research aimed to understand how re-use and repair service provision influences engagement in different contexts. Three distinct study areas were selected to explore this:

• A rural area (Strathallan and Strathearn wards in Perth and Kinross)

• An affluent urban area (Southside/Newington ward in Edinburgh)

• A less affluent urban area (Leith ward in Edinburgh)


The mapping exercise and sector interviews revealed the following about service provision:

  • Searching for services is time consuming
  • A large number of re-use and repair services were discovered, many of which are multi-functional
  • Services are unevenly distributed within and between the study areas
  • Demand for second-hand items is buoyant as re-use services become more commercially orientated
  • Less desirable donations are a burden for re-use services, leading to some being turned away
  • Demand for repair services is reported to be very low

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