Making new products uses energy and raw materials. As a general rule, reusing or repairing things rather than buying new will:
- help to keep valuable materials out of landfill sites
- use less energy than making new products, helping to tackle climate change
We represent community based reuse, repair and recycling organisations across Scotland and our members accept a range of bulky items, including:
- furniture in a reuseable condition
- soft furnishings such as sofas, mattresses and armchairs that have fire regulation labels attached
- electrical items such as washing machines, fridges and cookers in good working order.
Many other household items can also be reused and/or repaired.
Before you throw away your old sofa or washing machine, ask yourself could someone else make use of it, or repair it instead – saving money and reducing the impact on the environment.
Repairing is a skill many older people know well, due to the scarcity of goods during the war and post-war years. In today’s society, repairing is now catching on again, as being thrifty seems to be seen as fashionable, with a range of television and training programmes demonstrating how to repair effectively. Repairing clothes is possibly the most well-known example of items that are relatively simple to repair. Putting a patch on some jeans or sewing on a button are some of the simplest repairs that most of us have experienced, if not done ourselves.
So, next time you are thinking about throwing something away because it seems slightly worn, chipped, or damaged in some way, consider if a repair would be sufficient to persuade you to keep it for longer or consider donating it to one of our membership organisations near you so that they can give it a longer life.
Our members are particularly interested in the following
If you are replacing your fridge, freezer, cooker, washing machine or dishwasher and it still works then a range of our members would be interested in hearing from you. Just enter your details in the search box and you will find someone near you willing to help.
Unwanted or broken furniture can be reused, repaired or recycled. We can put you in touch with local organisations that collect such furniture and sell it at affordable prices to people on low income.
Try not to buy more paint than you need. More than 300 million litres of paint are bought each year in the UK and a significant amount never gets used. Leftover paint can be donated to a national network of paint reuse organisations, or disposed of safely through your local council.