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Glaswegians set for re-use revolution as council teams up with National re-use phone line

Householders in Glasgow are being offered a greener way to dispose of large items, thanks to a new partnership between Glasgow City Council and Zero Waste Scotland, which will see any re-usable bulky furniture and white goods reported to the council’s bulky waste service diverted to local organisations to be used again. 

20 Jan 15

The partnership will mean there is now a free and easy way for people to dispose of things they no longer need and make sure they go on to another good home.

The council is to divert bulky reusable furniture and white goods to the National re-use phone line, which was set up by Zero Waste Scotland to capture unwanted items in good condition and provide an easy way for people to pass them on rather than send them to landfill.  Glasgow City Council collects over 450,000 items each year through its bulky uplift service, of which a large proportion could have been used again, and it is hoped that by diverting re-usable items through the phone line the amount of items sent to landfill in the city can be significantly reduced.

Householders with items that are in good condition and could be used again by someone else should call the National re-use phone line directly on 0800 0665 820, rather than phoning the council’s bulky waste service.

Iain Gulland, Director of Zero Waste Scotland said: “I’m delighted to be working in partnership with Glasgow City Council to give people in the city an easy way to pass things on for re-use.  Re-using items reduces waste to landfill, helps reduce our impact on the environment, generates income and jobs for the local economy and stops things needlessly going to waste. Working in partnership with the council’s waste team will help us to reach many more people and I hope this will result in a significant increase in items being donated for re-use.”

Councillor Alistair Watson, Glasgow City Council’s Executive Member for Sustainability and Transport, said: “Residents who phone the council to request a bulk uplift will hear a recorded message, before they speak to a call handler, advising them that if their household goods are in a re-usable condition, and if they wish to, they could phone the national re-use line to arrange for a local furniture group to collect the items for re-use.

“It’s a great and easy way for Glasgow residents to pass on items they no longer need but can still be used.  I hope people take up the offer and make use of the service available.”

The types of items commonly collected by the phone line include sofas, chairs, tables, wardrobes, white goods and beds that are still in good condition. 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. Items should not be left outside and exposed to the weather as this will damage them. 

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