Householders in Aberdeenshire could be missing a trick by spending precious time hauling large items to the tip or recycling centre, instead of calling to have items collected from their home to be sent off to be used by someone else.
The National Re-Use Phone Line, run by Zero Waste Scotland, is a completely free service that takes all of 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.
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.”
The National Re-Use phone line can be called on 0800 0665 820 from Monday to Friday 9 til 5 with an answerphone 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.
2ReUSe in Peterhead is a local Revolve accredited store which provides donated furniture to previously homeless residents, and also sells furniture, books, household items and children’s toys to the general public in its store in Berryden Road.
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 zero-waste household.
Find out more at www.recycleforscotland.com.