Unwanted items that would otherwise be destined for landfill will be given a second chance thanks to a reuse hub managed by Transition Stirling and supported by Stirling Council.
Councillors Thomson and Gibson with Transition Stirling Staff and Trustees at the Reuse Hub

The reuse hub will receive items collected from dedicated containers at the Lower Polmaise Household Waste and Recycling Centre where they will be prepared for resale at the hub in Borrowmeadow Road. Residents are currently asked to get in touch with Transition Stirling ahead of dropping donations off at the hub.

This will offer Stirling residents an affordable alternative to purchase goods in a way which also supports Stirling Council’s aims to reduce carbon and waste going to landfill as part of its Climate and Nature Emergency Plan.

Transition Stirling have introduced the Reuse Hub following a successful application to Zero Waste Scotland’s Circular Economy Investment Fund, which is funded by the Scottish Government and the European Regional Development Fund, Recyke-a-bike and the Forth Environment Link.Supporting a Circular EconomyEnvironment and Housing Convener, Cllr Jim Thomson said: “The Reuse Hub is a fantastic initiative which embodies Stirling Council’s aims to create a circular economy.

“While most of us do our best to ensure we recycle where we can, many items which are in good condition may find themselves being discarded and set to be placed into landfill. Transition Stirling will collect items placed in the dedicated containers at Lower Polmaise Household Waste and Recycling Centre and divert them to the Hub where they will be repurposed and made available to be purchased.

“In addition to helping reduce the amount of waste that Stirling Council sends to landfill every year, the Reuse Hub will also bring employment and volunteering roles for local residents as well as training and upskilling opportunities.”

Vice Convener, Cllr Danny Gibson said: “The Reuse Hub is something that offers residents an affordable way to purchase second-hand goods, while also saving them from landfill.

“Part of Stirling Council’s Climate and Nature Emergency Plan is to create a circular economy that considers how we use the products we buy and consume, and the Reuse Hub is just one example of what this can look like as we continue to try to reduce landfill waste.”Planet Friendly BargainsReuse Hub Manager, Kate Hamilton said: “We are delighted to work with our partners on this new collaborative project. We know that many residents hate seeing good quality, but unwanted items go to waste.

“The funding will enable us to provide a wide range of volunteering opportunities and small workshop spaces for creative residents who are interested in up-cycling and restoring items for sale in our shop.  The Reuse Hub will also enable customers to shop local and grab a planet-friendly bargain by offering affordable, quality assured second-hand items, commonly required spares and unique upcycled and artistic pieces.”

Business Investment Manager at Zero Waste Scotland, Andrew Dickson, said: “This Reuse Hub is a fantastic step in strengthening Stirling’s circular efforts. It’s sure to help citizens reduce waste and live more sustainably, while bringing together communities to make important changes.

“Around 80% of our carbon footprint in Scotland comes from consumption - including goods, materials and services which we produce, use, and (in the case of products) often throw out after just one use. Initiatives such as this are so important in helping combat our overconsumption at a local level, which is why Zero Waste Scotland is thrilled to support the hub and everyone involved.”