Householders have been urged by Zero Waste Scotland not to scrap re-usable furniture but instead donate it via the national re-use phone line.
Thousands of tonnes of re-usable items are thrown away in Scotland every year.
But the free national re-use phone line – 0800 0665 820 – allows householders to arrange for large re-usable items, such as dining tables and sofas, to be collected and passed on to to be used by someone else.
The service was created by Zero Waste Scotland to reduce the amount of items that needlessly end up in landfill by making it easy, free and convenient to pass the items on instead.
Iain Gulland, director of Zero Waste Scotland, said: “We understand that disposing of large items can be time consuming and a potential hassle and that people want a quick and easy way to move things on.
‘‘The national re-use phone line provides that quick and easy solution, to provide an alternative to leaving re-usable items out in the back yard where they become damaged by the weather, sending them to the tip or even putting them on a bonfire.
“There are huge environmental benefits to re-using items and passing items on to local re-use centres also benefits local communities through creating and supporting jobs, boosting local economies and providing household items for people in need.”
Items commonly collected includes sofas, chairs, tables, wardrobes, white goods and beds that are still in good condition.
To ensure your item can be collected, Zero Waste Scotland advises 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. Find out more at www.recycleforscotland.com