Changeworks, alongside the City of Edinburgh Council, have been awarded Silver in the APSE Scotland Striving for Excellence Awards in the Waste & Recycling category for our Edinburgh Reuse Map. The project was also shortlisted for the Gold award.
This award highlights the joint work between Changeworks and the Council in creating the Edinburgh Reuse Map, an innovative tool to help householders give, get, and repair items across the city.
Aidan Tracey, Low Carbon Communities Operation Manager, said "It’s fantastic to see the Reuse Map receive this level of endorsement from APSE. We’ve worked hard with our partners, City of Edinburgh, to create and develop a rich resource that allows residents to reuse and repair household items across the city. We will be continuing our collaboration over the coming year to further develop and promote the map to residents."
Gareth Barwell, Operational Service Director at the City of Edinburgh Council, said: “It’s great to see this recognition for our Edinburgh Reuse Map. We created with it with Changeworks to provide residents with an interactive resource to make sure you can explore how and where you can reuse and repair household goods. This means items can be reused time and time again which cuts down on waste and saves people money. It’s also another great option to avoid illegally dumping waste alongside our special uplift service and the booking system for our household waste recycling centres."
The Reuse map displays businesses around Edinburgh, listing the kinds of second-hand items they will accept or that they are selling. Users can also search to find places to repair various items. There are currently 464 businesses on the Reuse Map with offerings across different categories, including clothing, electronics, furniture, and toys.