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Sustainable clear out: Scottish organisations urged to make room for ‘The Big Declutter’

Zero Waste Scotland calls for organisations to declutter for Pass it on Week

13 Feb 19

Edinburgh Zoo kicks off Pass it on Week by asking local authorities, businesses and organisations to get involved in ‘The Big Declutter’, an initiative which is supported by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

This year’s national Pass it on Week, which takes place between 9 – 17 March, aims to illustrate that a declutter is more than just a clear out, it is a way to get the items you no longer use in to the hands of someone who will.

Whether you are clearing out books from your shelves, stationary from a cupboard, furniture from your office or tools from storage, Pass it on Week 2019 is a fantastic opportunity for organisations to be part of a nationwide action to ‘declutter’ and ‘pass on’ while supporting sustainability. Organisations can find out how to support the campaign by using Zero Waste Scotland’s online partner guide, which provides ready to use downloadable material.

To launch the campaign, Edinburgh Zoo’s Green Team welcomed a large donation with many items being passed on the Highland Wildlife Park.

Gemma Mudie, head of sustainability at Edinburgh Zoo, said:

“As a wildlife conservation charity, our goal is to connect people with nature and protect species from extinction and we know this is only possible when we’re also working to protect the environment.

“Sustainability is very important to us and, as well as welcoming donations of items we can use to make enrichment for our animals, we also work with a number of other charities and partners to ensure that nothing in good condition goes to waste."

Catherine Bozec, Consumer Campaigns Manager at Zero Waste Scotland said:

“Passing an item on after a declutter can help good causes, as well as reducing the number of items ending up as waste. Having a good clear out reminds us what we really need instead of buying more and this helps to preserve natural resources. Edinburgh Zoo is the perfect example of an organisation that benefits from many of the things that businesses and individuals would likely throw away.”

Pass it on Week 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).

To download the toolkit or sign up as a partner for ‘The Big Declutter’, visit www.passitonweek.com and register your plans at http://www.recycleforscotland.com/submit-an-event.

Share your Pass it on Week story on social media using the #PassItOnWeek #TheBigDeclutter hashtags.


Notes For Editors

  • Zero Waste Scotland exists to create a society where resources are valued and nothing is wasted. Our goal is to help Scotland realise the economic, environmental and social benefits of making best use of the world’s limited natural resources. We are funded to support delivery of the Scottish Government’s circular economy strategy and the EU Action Plan for the Circular Economy. www.zerowastescotland.org.uk
  • Pass it on Week is an annual campaign by Zero Waste Scotland with the goal of making re-use the norm in Scotland. It is funded by the European Structural Funds Programme and the Scottish Government. Find out more at www.zerowastescotland.org.uk  
  • The Scottish Government is the Managing Authority for the European Structural Funds 2014-20 Programme. For further information visit the website or follow @scotgovESIF.
  • More information on all Zero Waste Scotland’s programmes can be found at www.zerowastescotland.org.uk . You can also keep up to date with the latest from Zero Waste Scotland though via our social media channels - Twitter | Facebook | Google Plus | LinkedIn


For media enquiries contact:

Carly Bannerman / Nikki Whyte / Lisa Fox Bennett, 3x1 Group

0141 221 0707


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