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About the CRNS

Valuing our waste resources, working at the local level

The Community Resources Network Scotland (CRNS) represents recycling and re-use organisations across Scotland on issues of sustainable community resource management.

Most members of CRNS are social enterprises managing waste resources at a local level through recycling, reuse, composting, waste reduction and waste education activities. They prevent tonnes of valuable product and materials from ending up in landfill, create local jobs and other economic opportunities, and typically work to help those on low incomes or who are disadvantaged.

State of the Sector Survey 2013

The "State of the Sector 2013" survey has been completed by 3rd Sector organisations working in Scotland that undertake re-use, recycling & other resource management activities. The report will be available soon.

2014 CRNS Annual Conference

The 2014 CRNS Conference & AGM will be held on the 23rd October 2014 in Glasgow. We are delighted to announce that this will be the 10 Year Anniversary Conference for CRNS and the theme of this year's event will be "Too Good To Waste".


Conference and booking form here.

Speakers & workshop presentations from the previous 2013 conference programme can be found here.

Latest from CRNS

Tackling Poverty in Housing and Saving Public Funds

CRNS has since 2004 hosted Scotland’s National Furniture Co-ordinator; a Scottish Government funded post. Lesley McAleenan provides support to the furniture re-use projects across Scotland and promotes the work that they do to registered social landlords, local authorities and housing associations.  The CRNS State of the Sector report, 2013 shows that collectively, 52 projects in Scotland are involved with furniture reuse, 33 with carpet reuse and recycling and 35 with Office Furniture. Diverting reusable furniture and other items from landfill is not only good for the environment but has a direct impact on the lives of people in need and has been shown to save Local Authorities money.

The difference between a house and a home

Ordinarily, 25% of all homeless tenancies fail within the first twelve months.  Add furniture and this failure rate drops to 14%.  A staggering 44% reduction in failed tenancies.  Furniture makes a real and tangible difference, so the work of Scotland’s National Furniture Co-ordinator has never been so critical.

2 million tonnes of household food is thrown away costing consumers around £2.4b a year

According to WRAP, new insights they have recently released on how to reduce household food waste can help industry target their activity and enable their customers to waste less and save money. The report highlights that 2 million tonnes of household food is discarded because it is not ‘used in time’, half of which is thrown away whole or in unopened packaging, costing consumers around £2.4bn a year.

Community Feeds

Scotland’s re-use quality standard

Can’t find what you are looking for here? Revolve is revolutionising the re-use sector. Donating and buying re-used has never been easier.

Call the National Re-use Phoneline on
0800 0665 820

More than Furniture

There are more than 50 furniture projects in Scotland providing help to tens of thousands of people every year. Use this guide to find out if there's a project near you.

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