100 certified stores: Scotland’s circular economy reaches re-use milestone

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Revolve-Logo (Source: Zero Waste Scotland)

Stirling, Scotland — Scotland has reached a landmark: 100 quality-certified re-use stores and three flagship superstore ‚hubs‘ now in operation. This milestone proves a number and quality of Revolve-certified stores with a range of attractive, good value pre-loved goods available to the Scottish public.

Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, Roseanna Cunningham, commented: “Re-use is one of the smartest ways in which we can keep products and materials out of landfill and in high-value use for longer. In Scotland we are working towards ambitious targets on waste, with no more than 5 per cent of all waste to go to landfill and 70 per cent of waste recycled or prepared for reuse by 2025.“

Every year, thousands of re-usable items needlessly end up in landfill in Scotland, including around 125,000 sofas and around 365,000 TVs. By choosing to buy from or donate to re-use stores people can help keep valuable products and materials in use for longer – saving money, supporting local communities, and protecting the environment in the process.

The newest addition to Scotland’s re-use hubs is just one of a series of innovative ways the country is embracing re-use. Announced for the first time today, a total of 100 individual stores across Scotland are now certified with the national Revolve standard. The quality kitemark lets shoppers know they are buying high-quality goods from a reputable retailer and can expect an excellent customer experience.

Meanwhile, Scotland’s Re-use Line has just recorded its highest ever number of donations in a single month. The phone and online service, through which people in Scotland can have unwanted furniture and white goods collected for re-use for free, achieved a record high of 928 items – or 30 tonnes of household goods – referred in July.

Iain Gulland, Chief Executive, Zero Waste Scotland, underlined: “Scotland has a strong profile as a circular economy leader and has achieved global recognition for its vision and achievements to date – including an international Circulars Award presented at the World Economic Forum in Davos earlier this year.“

Source: Zero Waste Scotland