Award for recycling experts

A social charity that gives unwanted office equipment a new lease of life while raising cash for charity is up for an award.

Yooz has been working with East Dunbartonshire Council since 2010 to make sure old desks, chairs and filing cabinets are put to good use.

It’s part of the local authority’s mission to be more efficient, reduce materials sent to landfill, help people in need and boost recycling and sustainability.

Yooz has now been shortlisted for a Vision in Business for the Environment of Scotland (VIBES) Award and judges recently visited its premises in North Lanarkshire to find out more about the work carried out there.

Customers come from far and wide to buy everything from tiles to blackboards at discount prices.

Councillor Vaughan Moody, the council’s vice convener of development and regeneration, said: “East Dunbartonshire Council aims to re-use desks and office equipment in our other buildings and facilities whenever and wherever possible.

“However, when that is not achievable, the council works with partners such as Yooz to ensure office furniture can be reused and – if necessary – recycled.

“It means such materials are not sent to landfill – saving the council money and also helping the environment.

“Not only that, social enterprises such as Yooz benefit from collecting reusable items and it saves the council from the staff costs associated with removing and disposing of large, bulky items.”

It is hoped that, in the future, Yooz will work with the council to re-home any unwanted items from Lairdsland Primary when it relocates to the new building next year and that this will be a model for future major asset projects.

Yooz chief executive Ian Strachan said: “We are delighted to be in the running for a prestigious VIBES Award.

“It’s recognition of the excellent work which has been taking place in conjunction with supportive partners such as East Dunbartonshire Council.

“I hope we can continue to work with East Dunbartonshire for some time to come – helping the authority to save money, reducing materials sent to landfill and also raising funds for our charity.”