Pass it on!

This week is Pass it on Week. Organised by Zero Waste Scotland, it’s a national campaign to encourage re-use, swapping and sharing to keep things out of landfill.

We throw away a lot of things that are still usable. It’s estimated that every year in Scotland 12,800 tonnes of sofas are thrown away and end up in landfill, along with 9,800 tonnes of washing machines, and 2,300 tonnes of jumpers.

Many of these items are still in good condition when they are discarded. What a waste!

So if you have something that you no longer need or want, even if it’s broken, ask yourself three questions:

Three questions about reusing, repairing or donating items

If the answer to any of these is ‘Yes’, then don’t throw the items away! Instead, give your item a new lease of life or pass it on to a new owner.

You can donate items at charity shops across Aberdeen. Look out for the ones taking part in the Pass it on Week donation drive – they’ll have posters on display and a green-themed window display. You can also donate items using the charity banks at some Recycling Points which take either clothing and textiles, or books, CDs and DVDs.

If you’re looking to pass on furniture and electrical goods which are still in good condition, call the National re-use phone line on 0800 0665 820. Collection is free for suitable items, which will then be passed on to someone else who needs them.

Reused items arranged in a heart shape

Here are five reasons why it’s good to reuse:

  • It means that items which still have some value aren’t buried in landfill and wasted.
  • It can save you money. Second hand items are much cheaper than new ones. Sometimes you can even get stuff for free, which is the best price of all!
  • It’s good for the community as it means items are available locally at an affordable price. And events like clothes swapping parties are a great excuse to get together with friends.
  • Reusing unwanted items means that less energy and fewer resources are used to produce new ones. Even recycling something uses more resources than reusing it does. Reuse really is the best option.
  • As the saying goes, one person’s trash is another person’s treasure and by reusing items or getting things second-hand you are guaranteed to get something great!

If you want to find out more about how and where you can repair broken items, swap or share things with friends, or upcycle your old items into something completely new, have a look at the list of events being held during Pass It On week for inspiration. You might even get an idea for a reuse event of your own – remember, you can hold one at any time, not just during Pass It On week.

To find out more about reuse, have a look at the information on Recycle for Scotland, Greener Scotland or the A-Z of Recycling and Reuse on our website which features items that we are often asked about. Let us know if there’s anything you’d like us to add to the list.

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