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Roseanna Cunningham MSP calls on Scots to join The Great Toy Rescue

The Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, MSP Roseanna Cunningham, has publicly backed The Great Toy Rescue with a visit to the Museum of Childhood in Edinburgh yesterday (12 March).

13 Mar 20

The MSP for Perthshire South and Kinross-shire joined Zero Waste Scotland’s call to reduce the number of toys going to waste. The environmental organisation’s annual campaign, which is supported by European Regional Development Funding, puts the spotlight on toys this year.

Whether it is by sharing with friends and family, or donating to charities and community groups, people can take part by simply handing on items they no longer use.

Thousands of reusable items end up in landfill every year in Scotland. Yet by passing on unwanted belongings, such as toys, savvy Scots can declutter their home while benefitting the environment.

Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, Roseanna Cunningham MSP, said:

“To help meet our world leading climate change targets, the Scottish Government is building a circular economy, which will enable further action to be taken in tackling our reliance on single use products from Spring this year. We are clear, there is an urgent need to reuse more and waste less.

“Over consumption of certain products is linked to rising greenhouse gas emissions so by participating in the circular economy and reusing items directly, we can all do our bit to protect the planet.

“This year, everyone can easily play their part by getting involved in The Great Toy Rescue. Sharing played-with toys means that others don’t have to buy new. This helps contribute to a healthier planet and means other families get to enjoy them too.”

Research commissioned by Zero Waste Scotland found that 61% of parents say their children have too many toys. Meanwhile, more than half (54%) of parents say their house is overflowing with toys.

As an alternative to buying new disposable products, placing more value on second-hand toys and passing unwanted ones on will help conserve precious resources, reduce carbon emissions and cut down on waste.

Lorna Johnston, campaign spokesperson for Zero Waste Scotland, said:

“The Great Toy Rescue aims to remind people to see the value in what we already have and make the shift to buying second-hand over new. The majority of Scotland’s carbon footprint is down to the production and use of goods and m

Many community groups have organised events, such as swap shops and repair cafes, across Scotland this week. To find out more, please visit toyrescue.passitonweek.com.

The Great Toy Rescue is part of Zero Waste Scotland’s Resource Efficient Circular Economy Accelerator Programme, which will invest £73m in circular economy and resource efficiency projects, thanks to support from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).


Notes For Editors

Total sample size was 1,017 parents with children under ten years old living in Scotland. Fieldwork was undertaken between 10th - 14th February 2020. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all Scottish adults with children under ten years old (aged 16+). The figures are available online.

About Zero Waste Scotland

Zero Waste Scotland exists to lead Scotland to use products and resources responsibly, focusing on where we can have the greatest impact on climate change. 

Using evidence and insight, our goal is to inform policy, and motivate individuals and businesses to embrace the environmental, economic, and social benefits of a circular economy. 

We are a not-for-profit environmental organisation, funded by the Scottish Government and European Regional Development Fund.

More information on all Zero Waste Scotland’s programmes can be found at https://www.zerowastescotland.org.uk/. You can also keep up to date with the latest from Zero Waste Scotland via our social media channels - Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn

The Scottish Government is the Managing Authority for the European Structural Funds 2014-20 Programme. For further information visit our website or follow @scotgovESIF.

For media enquiries contact:

Sophie Thirkell, Press Officer, Zero Waste Scotland

Mobile: 07966 284095

Email: sophie.thirkell@zerowastescotland.org.uk

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