Re-using old furniture

Householders in Scottish Borders could be missing a trick taking large items to the tip or recycling centre, instead of calling to have items collected and re-used by someone else.

The National Re-Use Phone Line, run by Zero Waste Scotland, is a completely free service that takes all of the hassle out of disposing of large items you no longer want to keep, and also ensures they don’t end up in landfill. Items picked up through the service are taken to local re-use shops to be used by someone else, so householders using the service are not only saving time and petrol money, they’re helping to save the planet too.

Iain Gulland, director of Zero Waste Scotland, said: “There are huge benefits to using the re-use phone line. It costs nothing and drivers come to you, so there’s no effort needed beyond picking up the phone. The benefits to Scotland are also considerable.

“For example, around half a million sofas are sent to landfill each year in Scotland. However, around a fifth are currently re-used which generates £1.5 million to the Scottish economy through sales and employment and saves the equivalent of 4500 tonnes of carbon emissions, which is the equivalent of taking 750 cars off the roads. So if you’re replacing any large item in your house, help yourself and help Scotland and call our phone line.”

The National Re-Use Phone line can be called on 0800 0665 820 from Monday to Friday 9am-5pm with an answerphone service also available at weekends. Common items picked up by the service include sofas, washing machines, fridges, dining tables, chairs and desks.