Zero Waste Scotland is urging Scots to go online at www.crns.org.uk or telephone 0800 0665 820 to give pre-loved items a second chance this Valentine’s Day.
Scots gearing up for Valentine’s Day are being asked to spare a thought for the unloved items languishing in their homes and garages, and either visit www.crns.org.uk or make a call to the National re-use phone line to pass their items on to bring happiness to a new owner.
As a nation, our love affairs with our household items often end badly for the products, with once-smitten owners making the fateful trip to the tip to drop the family sofa, a child’s first bed or an armchair that just saw one too many nights in, into skips headed for landfill. With CRNS and Zero Waste Scotland’s National re-use phone line, it doesn’t have to end this way.
Chief Executive of Zero Waste Scotland Iain Gulland said: “The things we buy can bring us lots of happiness over the years, but at some point we end up upgrading for something new. Our message is that if your item is still in good condition, it could still go on to be loved by someone else after you if you pass it on. That’s why we created the National re-use phone line, to give people an easy way to make sure their unwanted stuff can find a perfect match somewhere else.”
Zero Waste Scotland also supports CRNS, Scotland’s national reuse, repair and recycling charity. With members throughout Scotland actively involved in the reuse, repair and recycling sector, the charity champions the reuse of pre-loved items. Commenting on this latest initiative of Zero Waste Scotland, Mary McLuskey CEO of CRNS said:
“There are a range of alternative ideas for St Valentine’s Day that will still say how much you care. The day itself is the perfect occasion to spread your love not just for your sweetheart but also for the environment and your pocket. Pre-loved can have a lot of character and charm and be in great condition and our membership welcomes quality pieces of furniture or household items. Our love is pre-loved and we hope that yours can be too. To find out how to donate go to www.crns.org.uk or give the national telephone line a call.”
The types of items commonly collected by the phone line include sofas, chairs, tables, wardrobes, white goods and beds that are still in good condition. To ensure your item can be collected, Zero Waste Scotland does advise householders to check that sofas and armchairs have their fire tags still in place to comply with regulations around re-sale, and to ensure items are not broken or damaged as they would not be able to be collected.
To find out more about how to give your items a chance to find love again, go online to www.crns.org.uk or call 0800 0665 820.
To find pre-loved items in your local area, you can also visit your local Revolve accredited store. The Revolve mark is awarded to re-use stores that meet the highest quality standards to make the retail experience of buying second hand as good as buying new.
Notes to editors:
- Zero Waste Scotland is funded by the Scottish Government to support the delivery of its Zero Waste Plan and other low carbon and resource efficiency policy priorities.
- Encouraging greater re-use of items is a key part of Zero Waste Scotland’s work in creating a circular economy, where products and materials stay in the highest value state for as long as possible.
- Around half a million of sofas are sent to landfill each year in Scotland. However, around a fifth are currently re-used which generates £1.5m 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.
- Re-using items is significantly more environmentally friendly than recycling them. For example, re-using 100 sofas saves 1.5 tonnes of carbon compared to recycling them.
- The Recycle for Scotland website has a wealth of information about how to reduce your waste and re-use more often as well as information on recycling, providing a one-stop shop for ways to become a zero-waste household. Visit www.recycleforscotland.com
- CRNS is Scotland’s national reuse, repair and recycling charity and represents organisations across Scotland on issues of sustainable community resource management. Through community engagement and our members, CRNS prevents tonnes of valuable product and materials from ending up in landfill, helps to create local jobs and other economic opportunities and typically works to help those on low incomes or who are disadvantaged. Find out more at www.crns.org.uk.