The funding, from Zero Waste Scotland, can be used for activities which increase the quantity and quality of items being reused such as increased collections, improved logistical support, and purchase of specialist reuse and repair equipment.

The funding is also designed to support third sector organisations in achieving accreditation through Revolve, Scotland’s national reuse quality standard.

The Revolve quality mark makes it easier for the general public, businesses and the public sector to get involved in reuse both in terms of donating items and purchasing them.

Scotland’s reuse sector currently diverts around 450,000 tonnes of unwanted materials from landfill every year. It also generates in excess of £20m a year, creates over 700 jobs, and over 5,000 volunteer posts or supported placements.

One organisation that has benefited from funding last year was religious charity Blythswood Care.

Its chief executive James Campbell said: “The funding we received from Zero Waste Scotland has enabled us to develop our upcycling, diverting materials like duvet and pillow covers from landfill, and instead creating popular items like dog beds and reusable bags for sale in our shops.”

Maxine Perella

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