Householders urged to use Zero Waste Scotland’s Re-Use ‘phone service

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Brechin householders could make recycling large items easier by having the items collected from their home thanks to Zero Waste Scotland.

The group run the National Re-Use Phoneline, a free service that takes the hassle out of disposing of large items you no longer want to keep, and also ensures they don’t end up in landfill.

Items picked up through the service are taken to local re-use shops to be used by someone else, so householders using the service are not only saving time and petrol money, they’re helping to save the planet too.

Iain Gulland, director of Zero Waste Scotland, commented: “There are huge benefits to using the re-use phone line. It costs nothing and drivers come to you, so there’s no effort needed beyond picking up the phone. The benefits to Scotland are also considerable.

“For example, 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.

“So if you’re replacing any large item in your house, help yourself and help Scotland and call our phone line.”

The National Re-Use Phone line can be called on 0800 0665 820 from Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with an answer phone service also available at weekends. Common items picked up by the service include sofas, washing machines, fridges, dining tables, chairs and desks.

Many items picked up are sent to second hand stores which are accredited as Revolve stores, a quality standard for second hand shops that meet high standards and levels of customer service.

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. Re-using items is significantly more environmentally friendly than recycling them. Find out more at www.recycleforscotland.com.