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£1m milestone for reuse organisation

A reuse organisation that co-ordinates the distribution of unwanted office furniture says its work has resulted in £1m being given to charity.

Since the Warp It online platform was launched in 2011, customers have donated furniture and equipment that is still of use and good quality to charities and diverted 1,200 tonnes of waste from landfill.

Warp It works in the same way as eBay, with users signing up to offer unwanted goods. Procurement savings are calculated from the amount of waste diverted.

The scheme is used by 30% of councils and 60% of universities in Scotland as well as the Scottish NHS, saving them thousands of pounds by redistributing books, furniture, stationery and IT equipment.

The biggest beneficiary has been Edinburgh University (£217,000), followed by Brighton and Hove City Council (£102,000).

Warp It founder Daniel O’Connor said: “Warp It should be the first port of call for organisations when buying new if they want to save on purchase costs, or who have anything that can be reused by charities.

”We allow corporates to offer free stuff, office furniture to charity in a legal and safe way.“

Other organisations signed up include City of Edinburgh Council, University of Glasgow, Dundee City Council, University of Lincoln, Glasgow City Council and the University of Sunderland.


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