Scheme to reduce waste saves Dundee council £300k

A scheme run by Dundee City Council to reduce waste and carbon emissions has saved more than £300,000 in five years.

The council has been a member of the WARPit scheme – which involves charities and public bodies sharing surplus furniture, equipment and resources – since 2013.

In recent months, the scheme has seen a boost from the surplus furniture, fixtures and fittings generated by new replacement schools opening across the city.

Lynne Short

Lynne Short, convener of the council’s city development committee, said: “We’ve spent many millions of pounds on new schools and community facilities that are now getting opened and what that has done is free up furniture that has been donated to WARPit for re-use.

“Our partners in the WARPit scheme have been able to take their pick from chairs, tables, cupboards and lots more useful items.

“Almost £100,000 worth of material including fridges, bookcases and stationery has been donated to more than a dozen public and third sector partners since we became members.

“Being part of WARPit means we all save money, but we also help to reduce waste and carbon emissions.”

Launched five years ago, WARPit provides a network where organisations keep their equipment and assets circulating to reduce spend, waste and supply chain environmental impacts.

Since then, it is estimated to have saved about £15.8m across the UK.