Working towards Zero Waste

From working in the villages, one of the frequent things that we are asked is if we know if there are specific services such as places that take old/used furniture and other items (rather than it going to landfill).

Our Most Commonly asked questions are about services available locally.

On this page we will post examples of any projects that may be able to help within the local area.  Some projects offer a free collection service. Free collections are made possible because the are not-for-profit organisations who use their project as a training programme for young adults or to help people out who are starting out, such as people coming out of a long term stay in hospital.

Here are a few links and ideas that may be helpful.

For smaller items of furniture don’t forget our local charity shops.  However when it comes to larger items like wardrobes and couches you may need some more options.

One such project is Project OsKar. In their own words, “Project OsKar is a new Re-use and Recycling Centre in Paisley. In partnership with Renfrewshire Council and supported by INCREASE funding, Project OsKar aims to help reduce landfill, create jobs and training and also provides an exciting retail outlet for refurbished second hand goods… we are able to clear out void properties too, when required.”

Million of pieces of furniture are given away through websites like Gumtree and freecycle, some local facebook groups also exist such as facebay ‘johnstone’ for example.

You may also want to  try looking at Zero Waste Scotland’s resources. Their partner Recycle for Scotland has handy tips on recycling in your local area.


If you can travel further afield, there are a few projects in Glasgow that take unwanted bikes, refurbish them, then sell them. For example The Bike Station who are based in the West End of Glasgow will take your old bike and also have a selection of refurbished ones if you want something a bit cheaper than a brand new one and also want to help the environment.

Please get in touch if you have any ideas to help other residents in the local villages get a new home for old furniture or other unwanted items.  email