Instrument Recycling Scheme
Introducing ReTune, a musical instrument recycling programme for regional music hubs.
This new initiative invites music hubs to recycle their old, unused musical instruments. Normans will arrange a free-of-charge collection of these instruments, assess their condition, and either repair and resell them as second-hand items or responsibly dispose of them.
How it Works
Register Your Music Hub
Resale or Responsible Disposal
What instrument types are you able to collect?
We can collect most instruments apart from very large and heavy items such as Acoustic Pianos or Timpani.
Can local schools recycle instruments using the ReTune programme?
Yes, schools or other local organisations can use ReTune, however instruments must be made available for collection from the registered location.
How frequently can collections be arranged?
We are committed to offering a minimum of 1 collection per ReTune location each term. However, if we have a collection vehicle passing nearby, we may be able to arrange an additional pick up.
It is not possible to request a specific collection date as, due to the large geographical area the scheme covers, we must carefully plan our collection routes to minimise travel distances and times.
Wherever possible we utilise the return journey of our deliveries to collect to limit our carbon footprint and utilise the empty vehicle. We will aim to collect as quickly as possible following your request but are unable to commit to a specific timescale.
The programme is open to all regional music hubs in England & Wales who may register to become a ReTune collection site.
Music teachers, schools, and other organisations working within music education may recycle instruments using the scheme but must deliver them to their local collection point.
2.0 Instrument Collection
Normans will arrange for the free-of-charge collection of old instruments that are no longer required.
Collections will be arranged at a date and time convenient for the Normans logistics team and planned in conjunction with our other national deliveries.
We are unable to guarantee a specific timescale for collection but will endeavour to arrange at least 1 collection per term per registered location.
Some larger and heavier items are excluded from the ReTune programme, these include, but are not limited to; Acoustic Pianos, Timpani,
3.0 Instrument Assessment
All collected instruments will undergo an assessment for repair and resale viability, the Normans team will make the final decision on whether an instrument is resold or disposed of.
4.0 Repair and Resale
Instruments deemed viable for repair will be refurbished and resold as second-hand items via auction on our eBay site.
5.0 Responsible Disposal
Instruments that cannot be repaired will be responsibly disposed of in an eco-friendly manner using our local recycling partners.
6.0 Charitable Donations
Any surplus generated from the resale of instruments or parts will be donated to music education charity of our choice or one of our chosen Earthly projects
Normans Musical Instruments is not liable for any damages or losses incurred during the collection, repair, or resale process.
8.0 Changes to Terms
Normans reserves the right to modify these terms and conditions at any time.
For any queries, please contact Sue O’Callaghan (Re-Tune Programme Co-ordinator)