The January sales can be an ideal time of year to replace some old household favourites such as washing machines, sofas and beds.
But arranging the uplift and disposal of the old items can often be troublesome and sometimes expensive.
However, the eco-group, Zero Waste Scotland, offers a cost effective and green-friendly solution in the form of its National Re-use Phone Line.
The scheme has received the backing of local SNP MSP, Graeme Dey, who is also the depute convener of the Scottish government’s Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment committee.
He said: “There are often occasions when people throw out quality goods and there is no need for this to end up on the rubbish heap. So I would encourage people to bear in mind the service offered by Zero Waste Scotland.”
The free service, which works with charitable organisations, accepts a range of bulky items, including furniture in a re-usable condition, soft furnishings, mattresses and armchairs that have fire regulation labels attached and electrical items such as fridges and cookers in good working order.
After collection the unwanted items will make there way to someone else who needs them, benefitting the environment and helping local people.
To donate your unwanted goods, or for advice and information, call the National re-use phone line on 0800 0665 820.