Pass it On Week
5th – 13th March was Pass it On Week in Scotland. During this annual week, people are encouraged to consider donating, swapping or sharing any unwanted items they may have. The aim of this national week is to reduce the amount of re-usable items that are sent to landfill. Over the course of the week there are a variety of ways in which you could get involved.
Pass it On Week aims to raise public awareness in Scotland about the advantages of re-use. Through this project people are asked to think about the potential of any unwanted objects they have. It’s all about keeping things in circulation for longer. Even if you on longer want an item, by donating, swapping or sharing, it can be re-used by someone else.
Re-use is a great alternative to throwing things away, and even recycling, bringing attention to another important environmental issue. In the UK, we are throwing away a large amount of stuff. However a high percentage of the stuff being thrown away is re-usable. Through Pass it On Week we can start to consider the benefits of re-use, as it can help to reduce the amount of waste being sent to landfill and it also helps us to see the hidden value of second hand items
Pass It On Week 2016 may have come to a close, but the message still stands and there are lots of things you can do to ‘pass on’ your stuff. Recycle for Scotland gives a variety of things that you could do:
- Donating to any local charities can be a helpful way to pass on any unwanted items. If you have any clothing, shoes, book or DVDs of CDs you no longer need you could hand them in to your local charity shop.
- If you have any furniture that is in good condition is no longer used you could pass it on to a re-use organisation. Furniture, such as tables, chairs, wardrobes, chest of drawers or sofas, can be donated. One such option is the National Re-use Phone Line service, that arranges for large re-usable objects to be collected by a local re-use organisations for free so it can be then passed on to someone else to use. You can contact them on 0800 0665 820
- Other ways you could pass your unwanted items on is by giving them to/or swapping with friends and family, as they might need something you no longer need, or having something you want. Keep an eye out for any local swapping events such as for clothing or textiles. Also some high street shops may collect any unwanted clothes so you could hand them in to the store.
Over the last year, Greener Kirkcaldy have been running a ‘Too Good To Waste‘ project, encouraging people in Kirkcaldy to reduce, reuse and repair their stuff. Part of this is a Closet Clearout Campaign – asking people to clear their closet or wardrobe and swap or donate unwanted clothes at their events. The last event has passed now, but they are still taking donations in their High Street Hub. If you have any clothes you would like to donate you can can bring them to the High Street Hub, 254a High Street, Kirkcaldy, KY1 1LA, Wednesday to Saturday 10am-4pm, and they will be passed on to local charities.|