A year after the launch of its first high street location, the repair and reuse social enterprise Remade Network has expanded across Glasgow, opening four community repair kiosks, and three new library recycling points to help consumers get their household items fixed, recycled or reused.
The new repair kiosks have been launched in Springburn Shopping Centre (open 11-1pm on Wednesdays), in The North West Community Pantry in Yoker (open 1-3pm on Thursdays), in Drill Hall Pantry in Parkhead (open 12-3:30pm on Thursdays) and in Cranhill Development Trust (open 10-12pm on Fridays). Residents can also purchase affordable refurbished laptops and phones on request from these locations.
Angela Muir who used the service in Cranhill shared the feedback “Fantastic service. The staff are lovely. Arranged the repair drop in via email. Popped in today and phone was repaired in an hour and ready to collect. It’s nice to have a place to repair/ recycle things rather than throw them away!”
The new kiosks are being supported by trainees of Remade’s Repair Academy, offering 16-26 year olds a 6-month paid programme offering repair skills and hands-on experience of working in an expanding social enterprise, thanks to funding from the UK Government Community Renewal Fund.
On Thursday 19th May, Citywide Repair Kiosks officially launched and Minister Iain Stewart MP came to see the Parkhead Kiosk in operation. The repair kiosk in Parkhead is open 12-3:30pm on Thursdays.
UK Government Minister for Scotland Iain Stewart said: “The Remade Network provides a really worthwhile service that’s good for the environment, helps people get affordable IT and provides young people with an opportunity to gain new skills. Benefitting from £550,000 UK Government Community Renewal Fund cash, it’s great to see this social enterprise expanding across Glasgow. This is part of a comprehensive package of around £2 billion UK Government investment to level up Scottish communities.”
Kevin Rush, Director of Regional Economic Growth, Glasgow City Region, said: “We are delighted that Glasgow City Council’s bid with Remade Network to attract the Community Renewal Fund support for the project was successful. This funding will allow young people to gain skills and experience with this social enterprise, whose expansion highlights the growth and potential of the repair economy. Projects such as Remade Network are key to the city’s recycling and Net Zero ambitions, and show that using these services can bring economic, environment and social benefits to individuals, organisations and the wider community in Glasgow.”
The launch of community kiosks and Tech Drop sites has been made possible by investment and support from The Secretary of State for Levelling Up’s UK Community Renewal Fund (UK CRF), Material Focus and Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust. Remade Network, Building a Repair Economy in Glasgow, has received £550,000 from the UK Government through the UK Community Renewal Fund.’
These two services are part of a larger project funded by UK CRF, with support from Glasgow City Council, to upscale availability of repair skills, services and digital inclusion across the city and reduce electrical waste, saving over 250 tonnes of CO2. The project is providing 20 new jobs to young people aged 16-26 from across Glasgow, providing an accredited 6 month training programme in conjunction with community partners Cranhill Development Trust, DRC Youth Project, NG Homes and Parkhead Housing Association. The young people are earning a Glasgow living wage while learning repair and community development skills essential to the development of a repair economy in Glasgow.
Residents can use new ‘Tech Drop’ recycling bins at each of the repair kiosks, as well as recycling points at the Mitchell, Pollokshields and Partick Libraries, to easily declutter unwanted electrical items from their homes. The scheme collects phones, laptops, and home electronics – anything with a plug, battery, or cable could potentially be re-used or recycled. The project will either recycle or reuse items such as laptops and phones and put these back into circulation rather than the precious components ending up in landfill.
Remade Network has already received over 16 tonnes of devices from Tech Drop sites across the city. The social enterprise estimates that 25% of these appliances will be suitable for repair and reuse, with other parts stripped for recycling. The project will help to reduce electrical waste, boost the local economy and prevent 250 tonnes of CO2.
Remade Network operates projects across Glasgow and has already diverted over 1400 desktop PCs from landfill, instead refurbishing these and distributing them to over 50 charities and community groups across the city. Community partners DRC Youth, Parkhead Housing Association, Cranhill Development Trust and NG Homes are just some of the projects receiving devices.
Recent research, by the not for profit Material Focus, has found that UK householders are hoarding 527 million small electrical items, an average of nearly 20 per household. The problem is set to get worse as waste electricals are one of the fastest growing waste streams in the world and the UK. Instead, the majority of electricals can either be re-used or the materials contained in them recycled by being turned into anything from life-saving equipment to children’s playgrounds.* Support from Material Focus allowed Remade Network to set up the new collection scheme, as part of the Recycle Your Electricals Campaign.
Sophie Unwin, Executive Director of Remade Network said: “We’re so happy to see these services expand across Glasgow as part of our commitment to providing affordable facilities across different communities. The support from the UK CRF fund to enable us to provide 20 new jobs to young people across Glasgow has been crucial to the delivery of this project and supporting us to upskill young people in repair skills essential to developing a circular repair economy.”
Scott Butler, Executive Director of Material Focus said: “This project is vital to ensuring that we make good use of our old electricals. Whether they are re-used or recycled – these items contain valuable materials that will otherwise be lost forever. The Recycle Your Electricals campaign is making it easier for UK householders to re-use and recycle by providing information on how to recycle and a postcode locator which provides information on your nearest recycling point. We are delighted to be working with Remade Network, who are one of a number of new re-use projects that we are funding in the UK. So whether you are at home or work, please hunt out your old electricals and donate them to benefit your community.”
- To donate unwanted items, just take your unwanted tech to Remade in Govanhill (421 Victoria Road), Remade in Cranhill (Cranhill Development Trust), Remade in Parkhead (Drill Hall Pantry, Back Causeway), Remade in Springburn (Springburn Shopping Centre), Remade in Yoker (North West Community Pantry), The Mitchell Library, Pollokshields Library or Partick Library
- The repair scheme offers affordable repairs of phones and computers and clothes to local residents in Govanhill, Cranhill, Parkhead, Springburn and Yoker.
- It is recommended that you wipe your own data from devices before donating these, but Remade does wipe all devices set for reuse as part of their standard refurbishment process.
The collection scheme is also open to other local organisations, households and businesses, data wiping certification can be provided for a small charge.