It’s a reusable revolution

Furniture recycling is just part of the reuse plan
Furniture recycling is just part of the reuse plan

Journal and Gazette readers have been encouraged to join in with a re-use revolution, as part of a new national week to promote swapping, sharing and donating.

Pass It On Week will take place from March 7-15.

Zero Waste Scotland aims to encourage people to pass on things they no longer want, rather than throwing them away.

People have been urged to donate items to charity, swap with friends and give second-hand goods a try, as part of a national week to minimise the amount of re-usable materials sent to landfill.

Zero Waste Scotland is also encouraging individuals, businesses, community groups, schools, colleges and charity and re-use shops to organise events such as swap shops, clothes exchanges and repair workshops to help spread the word.

Iain Gulland, chief executive of Zero Waste Scotland, said: “Pass It On Week aims to get the message out that if you’ve finished with something, then someone else will be able to make use of it, so rather than binning it, please pass it on. The great thing is that there are loads of fun and social ways to do this.”

There will be events across the country, so if you want to organise one or find one to attend go to to find out more.

Easy ways to pass on items include donating books, clothes, CDs and small household items to charity shops or friends and family.

For larger items, such as furniture or white goods, call the national re-use phone line on 0800 0665 820.