Beginning with the University’s Dalhousie Building, Recycle Scotland have repaired and reupholstered lobby seating to ensure it is fit for purpose and aligns with the University’s identity. As an alternative to buying new, the initial project has saved approx. 600kg of furniture from going to landfill – equivalent to roughly 0.6 metric tonnes of CO2 – and has generated savings of around £5,000 for the University.
Recycle Scotland take the existing furniture offsite to be repaired and reupholstered, and have also collected additional redundant furniture to be recycled or sold to other businesses to further support the circular economy.
The project is part of a long-term strategic partnership which will see Recycle Scotland reengineering the vast amount of furniture in need of potential repair across the campus, making the University of Dundee one of the first universities in Scotland to undertake a project of this scale.
Working with Recycle Scotland has enabled the University of Dundee to drive its commitment to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals by supporting responsible production and consumption, as well as launching partnerships for sustainable development.