North Ayrshire Council has developed an innovative agreement with Cunninghame Furniture Recycling Company to collect and redistribute unwanted furniture and white goods from landfill, assisting low income families to furnish their homes, and create training and employment opportunities for unemployed residents.

This new service moves waste material along the waste hierarchy and feeds into the circular economy. It is built around North Ayrshire Council’s Waste Strategy 2012-2016, which is one of the first to develop a reuse target, as well as the Scottish Government’s Zero Waste Plan Targets and the obligations of The Waste (Scotland) Regulations 2012.

The project operates a free of charge donation collection system, collecting over 360 tonnes of furniture from more than 2500 collections. It has already successfully re-used, recycled or holds in stock more than 90% of furniture items donated. It has also sold in excess of 5,700 items of furniture and white goods, assisting around 2850 low income families to furnish their homes on a budget, and generated almost £190,000 of income from sales of furniture and recycled goods.

Download the Application Form: Maximising Resouces in North Ayrshire