What to do with a problem like VHS Cassette Tapes Moving towards more circular economy presents a series of challenges, one of which is dealing with hard to recycle products that are the legacy of old technologies, for example the humble VHS cassette tape. Most households have a stash of old video cassettes in the attic, garage or spare room that are just gathering dust as technology has moved onto DVDs and now online streaming services. VHS tapes, like so much outmoded technology, are too ubiquitous to be valuable, and not nearly old enough to be interesting. VHS tapes just don’t a market value anymore. A recent BBC One Show feature on this topic discovered that few charity shops take VHS tapes anymore as there is little re-use demand for them as fewer people have working VHS players. There are some isolated bespoke examples of using VHS tapes in buildings, art installations and making other products such as chairs or gardening raised beds but this is not a realistic solution for the majority of the 1.5 billion VHS tapes in the UK. Even more alarming than a workable re-use solution is that there does not appear to be a recycling option in the UK just now. VHS tapes consist of three main materials; the magnetic tape and various types of plastic & metal that make up the casing. So what exactly is the problem with recycling them? Plastics and metal recycling are established processes so that is not really the issue. The magnetic tape is coated in organic solvents and some metals which can be potentially hazardous. Recycling facilities for magnetic tape, as far as we can ascertain, don’t exist in the UK, we would
We are pleased to announce the September programme for CRNS forum and seminar events. The Forums provide an opportunity for our repair, reuse and recycling organisations to network, get strategic updates from CRNS and engage with a speaker on a topic of interest. Food and refreshments are provided. These events are free for CRNS members. 15th Sept – Transport & Vehicle Seminar (Stirling) If your community re-use or recycling organisation runs one or more vehicles for collections, uplifts, or deliveries then this half day seminar is relevant to you. Come and listen to other CRNS member organisations talking about how they run their vehicle operations. More details here 23rd Sept – Borders Forum (Galashiels) Come and listen to presentations from Borders based community re-use & recycling organisations on their current activities. To book please email firstname.lastname@example.org 30th Sept – Argyll Forum (Lochgilphead) Come and listen to presentations from Argyll based community re-use & recycling organisations on their current activities. To book please email email@example.com
Business Moves in Glasgow is offering local businesses and charities free office furniture, to encourage its re-use and save it from landfill. This furniture has become available as the result of a large office clearance in the Cowglen area of Glasgow and the company is keen to offer it to charities and re-use organisations. The furniture available includes a large number of desks, chairs and meeting room items, and would be ideal for charities, social enterprises and start-up companies looking to furnish their offices with little or no budget. Collection is preferred, but items can be delivered within reasonable distance of Glasgow. For further information, contact John Kane on 0141 773 4829 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Something Old Something New (SOSN) is a reuse project in Stirling which provides high-quality affordable second hand goods, diverting waste away from landfill. CRNS member SOSN is seeking volunteers to help with their work and they welcome individuals with a range of skills, including driving and lifting, or helping out in one of their retail outlets. SOSN’s objectives are: To set up and run a retail outlet for upcycled and second hand goods in order to raise funds for Parkinson’s Disease research. To provide the public with high quality affordable second hand goods whilst diverting waste away from landfill, promoting reuse and a more sustainable lifestyle. To provide volunteering opportunities for people with Parkinson’s (PWP) and local residents to assist with the project and shop creating a hub for social and community interaction. SOSN has a charity shop in St Ninians and a furniture outlet at Stirling Enterprise Park. One customer commented that she was delighted with the bargain furniture she purchased from SOSN and that the money went to a great cause. CRNS supports SOSN and wholeheartedly endorses and encourages the donation and purchase of second-hand items. If you can lend a hand to help SOSN carry out their worthwhile work, please contact email@example.com.
CRNS Vehicles and Transport Seminar 10am Tues 15th September Golden Lion Hotel, Stirling CRNS is running a thematic “Vehicles and Transport Seminar” and your organisation is invited to attend. Why should we attend? If your community reuse or recycling organisation runs one or more vehicles for collections, uplifts, or deliveries then this half day seminar is relevant to you. Come and listen to other CRNS member organisations talking about how they run their vehicle management systems: How do we organise our vehicle trips efficiently? What is fleet management software and do we need it? Should we purchase or lease our vehicles? What funding is available for vehicles? What fuel should we use? What driver training do we need? Cost CRNS members: FREE Non-Members: £20 Booking To book your place contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call the CRNS office on 01786 469002
CRNS is delighted to announce the appointment of David Wood as its new Chief Executive Officer. David is joining CRNS from Aberdeenshire Voluntary Action (AVA) where he was Head of Operations; included within his responsibilities was the Magpie social enterprise that promotes the re-use of furniture and household goods. David is also Chair of Trustees at Home-Start Kincardine, and his career has included senior roles in education, tourism and marketing. David will take up his appointment in September.