Aberdeenshire residents are supporting a new national week aimed at encouraging people to swap, donate, share and repair items to keep them in use for as long as possible, and prevent the huge volumes of re-usable items that currently go to landfill.
Pass it on Week, which runs from March 7 to 15, is organised by Zero Waste Scotland to show the huge benefits there are from passing things on to someone else once you finished with them, and there are events happening in Aberdeenshire for locals to attend and get involved.
We want to show people that keeping items in use for longer is a great thing to do and can be fun, social and even creative.Zero Waste Scotland’s Chief Executive Iain Gulland
Aberdeenshire Council staff are getting involved by holding a ‘swish’ or clothes swap event, to allow staff to trade those items that have been sitting at the back of the wardrobe for something they are more likely to wear.
The council is also running swap shops for staff to trade itmes such as books, toys and CDs. Shelter Scotland’s store in Fraserburgh is holding a donation drive for Pass it on Week, calling on locals to donate any good quality books, CDs, DVDs, clothes and household items.
Pass it on Week events are also happening all over Scotland, and a full calendar of events is available to view on www.passitonweek.com
Locals don’t have to go to an event to get involved, as Zero Waste Scotland is also calling on all Aberdeenshire residents to pass on one thing they no longer want during the week.
This could mean passing something on to a friend, family member or work colleague, donating things to a local charity shop or if it’s a large item such as a bed, sofa or table and chairs, to call the National re-use phone line on 0800 0665 820 and arrange to have the item collected for free and taken to a local re-use organisation.
Zero Waste Scotland’s Chief Executive Iain Gulland said: “It’s fantastic to see so many events happening across the country for Pass it on Week.
“We want to show people that keeping items in use for longer is a great thing to do and can be fun, social and even creative.
“Whether you pass something on to friends, family or charity, repair or upcycle something to keep it in use, borrow rather than buy or purchase second hand, it can save you money and help the environment.”
Aberdeenshire residents looking to buy re-used items need look no further than their local Revolve accredited store.
Revolve is a quality standard awarded to re-use shops committed to delivering quality, good value and excellent customer service.
2ReUSe in Peterhead is a local Revolve accredited store which provides donated furniture to previously homeless residents.
It also sells furniture, books, household items and children’s toys to the general public in its store in Berryden Road, off Meethill Road.