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Scottish NHS signs up reuse network

The Scottish Health Service has signed a contract with the online reuse platform Warp It in a commitment to furniture and equipment reuse.

On the Warp It website, subscribers list unwanted items in the manner of web-based trading sites such as ebay. The scheme is currently backed by a number of public bodies and claims to be used by 30% of councils and 60% of universities in Scotland.

The items are initially advertised to staff working for the registered body. If these remain unclaimed after a period of time, they may be advertised to other users of the system or sent to storage.

The contract is the first such scheme to operate on a national basis and is available to all of the 140,000 staff working at 2,000 NHS facilities across Scotland.

It is expected that more than £300,000 will be saved in the first year along with carbon reduction across the supply chain.

Wendy Rayner, sustainability manager with NHS Scotland, said: “We chose Warp It after a tendering exercise designed to deliver procurement excellence. We were impressed with the value for money as well as its established use throughout the public sector within Scotland.”

Warp It Founder Daniel O’Connor said: “Our aim is to make reuse mainstream in organisations, so we like this type of large scale partnership arrangement as it results in more reuse and a much greater impact.”

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