Help to clear out in time for Christ­mas

Rutherglen Reformer - - Property - Lor­raine Howard

A new ser­vice is offering res­i­dents look­ing to make space for vis­it­ing fam­ily mem­bers over the fes­tive pe­riod the chance to have their bulky fur­ni­ture items col­lected for free through the Na­tional Re-use Phone Line.

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 www. reuse­phone­

Iain Gul­land, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive, Zero Waste Scot­land said: “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.”

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 ze­rowaste house­hold.

Find out more at www. reuse­phone­

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 sup­port­ing progress to­wards Scot­land’s am­bi­tious zero waste tar­gets.

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