Operators seeking to set up “reuse and repair hubs” north of the border can apply for financial support from Zero Waste Scotland (ZWS), the organisation has announced.
Such centres could “transform the scale and economic clout” of the reuse sector in Scotland, according to ZWS.
A report into the business case found that collaboration across private, public and third sector organisations was essential for the development of the industry. It also said there needed to be a greater supply of repairable quality goods.
“A thriving reuse and repair sector has to be a major part of the Scottish economy in the future, as global pressure on resources increase,” said Iain Gulland, chief executive at ZWS.
“Reuse and repair hubs will also progress Scotland’s ambitions towards a circular economy, creating jobs and training opportunities, especially at a local level, with skills to extend the longevity of products and the reuse of materials.”
Funding for reuse project developers can be used to cover operating costs, staffing, leasing space as well as plant and equipment, vehicles or other infrastructure.
There are no restrictions on who can apply, but all third sector applications should be accredited members of Revolve, ZWS’s reuse standard.
ZWS noted that thousands of reusable items are sent to landfill every year, including 12,800 tonnes of sofas and 9,800 tonnes of washing machines. It also said there was a business case for reuse as research showed that 83% of people in Scotland would be happy to buy second-hand goods.