Dumfries and Galloway residents to get swapping, sharing and repairing for Pass it On Week

Dumfries and Galloway 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 Dumfries and Galloway, this includes a diverse mix of activity, including:

- The SHAX Furniture Warehouse is marking Pass it on Week with Freebie Friday on 11th March, where selected second hand items will be made available absolutely free. There will also be a special Saturday opening. The local second hand furniture emporium will extend it’s normal weekday hours by opening it’s doors on the 5th of March from 10 til 2, so head down to browse the re-use bargains.

- British Heart Foundation are also calling on local residents to pass things on, with donation drives being held in both Dumfries stores, with the High Street store calling for CDs, DVDs, books, clothes and small household items and also the furniture store in Loreburn Shopping Centre calling for good quality used furniture.

These are just some of more than 200 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.

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 Dumfries and Galloway. 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, Dumfries and Galloway 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