Zero Waste Scotland creates Fund for Reuse and Repair Hubs

Monday, November 24, 2014

A new report from Zero Waste Scotland has claimed that the collaboration between businesses, local authorities and third sector groups to form “re-use and repair hubs” could transform the scale and economic clout of re-use organisations in Scotland.

The Report – Re-use and Repair Centres/Hubs: Scoping of models and outline business cases – suggests that a high quality of goods, together with collaboration across the private, public and third sectors, was essential in expanding the reuse sector in Scotland.  The Report also suggests that such collaboration could generate large-scale retail of re-usable goods, and therefore also generate jobs across the country and reduce the pressure on increasingly scare raw materials.

The Report goes on to highlight the opportunities for smaller re-use organisation, including those trading less than 21,000 goods per year, to partner up with others to generate the supply of high quality goods that would ensure a large scale re-use hub could be economically successful.

It examines examples and case studies from around the world and draws on successful models to suggest those that could work in Scotland.

To coincide with the findings of the Report, Zero Waste Scotland have announced that they will be launching a fund, open to bids from interested groups, to form collaborative re-use and repair hubs within Scottish communities. 

The bids are open to any groups from rural and urban communities and Zero Waste Scotland is particularly interested in hearing from those that would look at the re-use or repair of high value goods, such as home furnishing and electrical goods.

Funding options are available to cover operating costs, staffing, leasing space, plant and equipment, vehicles and other infrastructure requirements.  

The report also identifies that thousands of re-usable items are disposed to landfill in Scotland every year.  This includes 12,800 tonnes of sofas and 9,800 tonnes of washing machines.  However, the Report shows that people are open to the ideas of re-use, with around 83% saying they would be happy to buy second hand goods.

Zero Waste Scotland’s work to encourage re-use in Scotland aims to help deliver goals within the Scottish Government’s Safeguarding Scotland’s Resources plan, to increase the supply and demand for re-usable goods in Scotland.

The full report can be viewed here

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