Third sector organisations in Scotland will be supported by a £150,000 grant fund aimed at growing reuse organisations.
The funding is available from Zero Waste Scotland for the purpose of increasing the reuse of furniture and other household goods. It can be used to improve collections, logistical support, sales capacity and retail environments, as well as to purchase specialist reuse and repair equipment.
A second aim is to help third sector organisations achieve the Revolve accreditation, Scotland’s national reuse quality standard. The standard helps the general public, businesses and the public sector to donate and purchase reusable items.
Last year £400,000 was awarded to 15 reuse organisations including humanitarian charity Blythswood Care, who extended their operations to include upcycling unwanted items into new higher value products.
James Campbell, chief executive of Blythswood Care, said: “The funding we received from Zero Waste Scotland has enabled us to develop our upcycling, diverting materials like duvet and pillow covers from landfill, and instead creating popular items like dog beds and reusable bags for sale in our shops.”
Environment secretary Richard Lochhead said: “Reuse organisations across Scotland do a great job in cutting waste, helping people to save money and benefitting local communities. I am delighted that this funding will support third sector organisations to do even more to expand these benefits and strengthen their operations.”
Scotland’s re-use sector currently diverts around 450,000 tonnes of unwanted materials from landfill every year, according to Zero Waste Scotland.