Recycling First supports referred families & individuals living in East Lothian with basic, re-used furniture and electrical items to turn their house into a home. We work on a referral basis in order to assist local residents deemed to be in need of such items so they can be further supported to maintain their tenancy, relieve poverty and prevent homelessness.

 To be able to access the services in which Recycling First provides, you must be:


    A resident in East Lothian

    Referred by a local referral agency

    Receiving a means - tested benefit / credit 


Any Agency, Organisation, Authority can refer a client. You do not need to have previously registered with us to use the serveices. The only condition is that your client needs to be financially disadvantaged to be eligible to use the service. This could mean being on low income or in receipt of means tested benefit / credit such as:
    Income support
    Incapacity benefit
    Employment & support allowance
    Jobseeker's allowance
    Housing benefit
    Working tax credit
    Pension credit


We have a simple procedure to refer your client, which allows you to either print a referral form, and then post or submit one to us on line. If you submit a form, it may be necessary for us to contact you to verify any of the details given. To refer you client, please complete the referral in full, including the items required, and please remember to sign the form.
We reserve the right not to accept a referral, or assist a client if:
    Applicants use threatening or abusive behaviour / language to any volunteer or member of staff
    Applicants make or have made a false statement regarding their application
    Similar items have already been recently supplied.
A nominal charge of £10 is required for every delivery, Recycling First is a not - for - profit charity,  and our  delivery charge simply reflects our need to cover our running costs and ensure we will be around to supply furniture to local people in the future.

Revolve is Scotland’s re-use quality standard. When you buy from us, you can be sure of quality.

Our Revolve badge means you can be sure that we safety test our products, offer great products, good value and excellent customer service and  carry our regular training and quality audits.

This is a list of companies that already trust us with their recycling process. Do join them.