Residents urged to pass it on

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Ayrshire residents are set to answer a national call to make things last. A host of local events have been lined up for this year’s Pass it On Week – an annual event in the recycling and reuse calendar.

In Ayrshire, this includes a diverse mix of activity, including:

- There are Pass it on Week Roadshows happening in Saltcoats Library (7th March), Beith Library (8th) and Bridgegate House in Irvine (10th), where you can advice about passing on, donating and buying re-used in Ayrshire from staff from the council’s waste team.

- British Heart Foundations stores in Largs, Ayr and Kilmarnock are holding donations drives for Pass it on Week, calling for donations of good quality clothes, CDs, DVDs, books and household items.

- In Prestwick, Blythswood Care are holding a shoe amnesty in their Main Street shop, calling for footwear which is often overlooked when people are donating to charity.

These are just some of more than 250 swapping, donating, sharing, upcycling and repairing events happening across Scotland to help products stay in use as long as possible, helping to reduce our impact on the planet.

Pass it on Week is also about encouraging people to buy more re-used items. There is a growing network of second hand shops across Scotland that have achieved the Revolve quality standard, which aims to get more people buying used items. Cunninghame Furniture in Irvine is a Revolve accredited store selling a wide range of furniture and household items.

Zero Waste Scotland chief executive Iain Gulland said: “We’ve had a tremendous response to Pass it On Week across Scotland this year, and it’s great to see so much activity in Ayrshire. Keeping items in use for longer can save money, create job opportunities and make best use of the world’s raw materials that go into making the goods that we consume.

“It’s all about creating a society where we see the value in things instead of treating them as disposable. By sharing, swapping, repairing, buying second-hand and doing all we can to make things last, we can develop a more sustainable, circular economy for a flourishing Scotland.”

With more events being added all the time, Ayrshire residents are being urged to head to www.passitonweek.com and look up events in their area to see what’s happening.

They can also pass on items by donating clothes and small household items to charity shops or giving to friends and family.

Larger goods, such as furniture and white goods, can be picked up for free and passed on to a local re-use organisation by calling the National Re-use phone line on 0800 0665 820.

Find out more about how to get involved in Pass it on Week at www.passitonweek.com