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Review of provisions for re-use and redeployment of resources within the public sector in Scotland

The review included the identification of any potential environmental and financial benefits, and barriers to implementation.

To promote and support the re-use or redeployment of furniture and other items between public sector organisations, Zero Waste commissioned Ricardo-AEA to undertake a review of current provisions within the public sector in Scotland for the re-use and redeployment of resources, either within or between organisations.

The review included the identification of any potential environmental and financial benefits, and barriers to implementation.

The key focus areas of the review included:

  • Level of re-use and redeployment undertaken by organisations (internally, and externally with other organisations)
  • Identification of current methods of determining volumes/tonnages of materials
  • Current methods of asset tracking employed by an organisation, to track lower value items if not through an asset register
  • Identification of any tools or systems to promote availability of damaged or obsolete items for refurbishment or staff use
  • Current methods of capturing and reporting data on re-use and/or redeployment of resources
  • Current destinations of materials suitable for re-use and redeployment, e.g. externally to Third Sector organisations, recycling, landfill disposal etc
  • The associated facilities and logistics requirements for temporary storage and/or transfer of resources, within or between organisations
  • Any carbon/monetary costs that can be associated with current provisions

The findings and observations of the review are used to identify potential future opportunities, benefits, barriers and solutions to overcome key challenges with regards to:

  • Increasing intra- and inter-organisational re-use and redeployment of resources
  • Storage and transfer of materials within or between organisations
  • Modifying/installing systems and tools to improve asset tracking and monitoring of resources suitable for re-use and redeployment internally and externally
  • Potential carbon and cost savings that could be achieved.

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