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EDINBURGH FURNITURE INITIATIVE AND COUNCIL DIVERT OVER 200 TONNES FROM LANDFILL

The City of Edinburgh Council will work in partnership with the Edinburgh Furniture Initiative (EFI), following last week’s news that the project has successfully secured funding from Transforming Waste Scotland and the Strategic Waste Fund.

The partnership will mean that two of the Council’s Civic Amenity (CA)/Community Recycling Sites (at Seafield and Craigmillar) will be used by the EFI and partners to divert waste from landfill to give reusable items to people who need them.

EDINBURGH FURNITURE INITIATIVE AND CITY OF EDINBURGH COUNCIL DIVERT OVER 200 TONNES OF REUSABLE ITEMS FROM LANDFILL

The City of Edinburgh Council will work in partnership with the Edinburgh Furniture Initiative (EFI), following last week’s news that the project has successfully secured funding from Transforming Waste Scotland and the Strategic Waste Fund*.

Transforming Waste Scotland is a grant scheme offering almost £4.5 million of funding through the Big Lottery Fund (formerly the New Opportunities Fund) for projects that decrease levels of waste by reusing, recycling or composting.

The Edinburgh Furniture Initiative (EFI), which is a project of Four Square ( Scotland), re-uses unwanted furniture, appliances and other household items by passing them on to new tenants who, through poverty, cannot afford to furnish their homes.

The partnership will mean that two of the Council’s Civic Amenity (CA)/Community Recycling Sites (at Seafield and Craigmillar) will be used by the EFI and partners to divert waste from landfill to give reusable items to people who need them.

In 2003/4 the project made 1,573 deliveries, directly benefiting 2253 people (including 697 children) and resulted in the re-use of 718 tonnes of furniture and other items. EFI relies solely on donations and as such there are always items that are in short supply, white goods in particular.

Complementing and enhancing the existing waste collection services that the Council provides, particularly in light of the planned and proposed CA site upgrades, this project will offer a completely new service to the citizens of Edinburgh. It will also result in a heightened awareness of the benefits and possibilities of reuse in Edinburgh, increased diversion of waste from landfill, job creation and local regeneration.

This project aims to:

  • establish a system and service at CA sites to increase the amount and range of materials, which are fit for reuse, which would otherwise end up in landfill. These items will be passed onto people who need them;
  • increase the number of households in Edinburgh participating in reuse via on-site signage, ‘meet and greet’ system and leaflets to promote, market and raise awareness of this and other community re-use organisations and related activities throughout Edinburgh;
  • develop and sharpen both operational and recording procedures leading to a best practice model which could be replicated at the other existing and three proposed CA sites in Edinburgh and indeed throughout Scotland;
  • increase the number of quality employment, training and volunteering opportunities available to local people and also build the capacity and skills base of all employees working on site.

This will equate to the diversion of 214 tonnes of furniture, household items and other items for the period March 2005 to March 2006.

Connie Krauss-Cuthbert, the Director of Four Square (Scotland) states "Four Square (Scotland) are delighted with the successful outcome of it’s recent Transforming Waste application which will enable one of its Projects - the Edinburgh Furniture Initiative (EFI) to work in partnership with the City of Edinburgh Council and a number of voluntary sector projects.

“This innovative multi-partnership approach is unique to Scotland, the benefits of which are far reaching. As well as the direct benefit to local people in terms of donated goods, this project will also increase the number of quality employment, training and volunteering opportunities available to local people and build the capacity and skills base of all employees working on site. In the process it will divert an estimated 214 tonnes of extra reusable items which would otherwise end up in landfill."

Kevin O’Shaughnessy, EFI Project Manager states "This project will focus on diverting re-useable household items from 2 of the main Civic Amenity sites in Edinburgh. All these items will be passed on to new tenants in Edinburgh, who through poverty are unable to furnish their homes. Work on this project with the City of Edinburgh Council, and other partnerships, will to go a long way to meeting this demand."

Executive member for Environmental & Consumer Services, Cllr Robert Cairns said: "I recently visited EFI and was very impressed with the work they do. I am very encouraged to see that the partnership between the Council and the Edinburgh Furniture Initiative continues to develop. Reusing furniture items which would otherwise end up in landfill sites benefits the city and benefits the environment. I hope everyone in Edinburgh will consider contacting EFI if they have surplus pieces of furniture which could be used by someone else."

If you require any further information, please contact:

Edinburgh Furniture Initiative,
Unit 3, Bonnington Industrial Estate,
Elizafield, 36 Newhaven Road,
Edinburgh,
EH6 5PY

Tel: 0131 553 3444
Email: efi@foursquare.org.uk
Web: www.foursquare.org.uk

 

 

 


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