Circular Communities Scotland’s award winning Reuse Consortium has been pleased to work with Zero Waste Scotland on a case study and video, highlighting the Consortium and Zero Waste Scotland’s relationship, as well as its ongoing work with valued member, Cunninghame Furniture Recycling Company.

The case study itself focuses on the fantastic impact of the Consortium and its members, including Cunninghame Furniture Recycling Company’s reuse mattress scheme, which is supported by the Consortium. The article also highlights the social and environmental benefits of this collaborative work.

“Through the Reuse Consortium, Circular Communities Scotland and Cunninghame identified the need for reused mattresses. With support from North Ayrshire Council and Zero Waste Scotland’s Recycling Improvement Fund, the team at Cunninghame went from processing 182 mattresses a year, with a 63% reuse rate, to over 700 mattresses with a 90% reuse rate, preventing unnecessary landfill waste.

Circular Communities Scotland represents social enterprises like Cunninghame to subcontract work when local authorities are looking to buy reused items through the Scotland Excel Framework. This process saves on individual procurement.”

Rhoda Reid, the Maternity Cover Reuse Consortium Coordinator at Circular Communities Scotland said:

“We want people to really think reuse first by generating awareness and ultimately break the social stigmas associated with second-hand goods. Buying reused massively cuts down on transport emissions, manufacturing resource and the use of virgin materials.

We’re working with enterprises like Cunninghame to create a positive attitude towards buying reused, highlighting the high quality and durability of the furniture for a fraction of the cost of buying new. By doing this we’re seeing enterprises train and educate staff in a range of practical and technical skills, supporting homeless communities and those in need.

The Reuse Consortium is there for those who are concerned about climate change, the cost-of-living crisis, hoping to be more environmentally sustainable and would like to reuse.”

Watch the case study video in full to see Rhoda discuss our work alongside Jordan Easton, Operations Supervisor at Cunninghame Furniture Recycling Company:

If you are interested in finding out more about the Reuse Consortium and how you can become a buyer, contact our current Reuse Consortium Coordinator nicola@circularcommunities.scot.