Pass it on Week – 11-19 March 2017

Scotland’s annual re-use week is the most fun, social and flexible environmental week in the calendar.

This is a great week to get swapping, sharing, donating or repairing literally any type of item – from clothes to bikes, from books to sports kit, from gadgets to tools!

Many of the things we throw away haven’t always reached the end of their useful life. Something that you don’t want any more can still be used by someone else.

Earthtime have lots going on during this week to help you to re-use or pass on what you have!  Why not also get involved in your community! Set up a swish at school, home or community group and start passing things on.

To find out more about ‘Pass It On Week’, visit the Pass it on Week website.


The Big Electric Amnesty:  Please donate your old small, working  electricals so that they can be reused!

Big Electric Amnesty boxes will be out all week at the Earthtime lode and at the Outdoor Nursery.

What can be passed on?

The Big Electric Amnesty is for working small electrical and electronic items. Please do not pass on broken items. The types of items that you can pass on include computers, laptops, printers, tablets, phones, small household electricals like hairdryers and hair straighteners, kitchen appliances like blenders, mixers and juicers, games consoles, set top boxes and any other small household electrical items.

Is data securely wiped from laptops and computers?

Yes – you can read CCL’s data policy here –

And Re-Tek’s policy here –

Is it safe to pass mobile phones on?

Those wishing to pass on phones should ensure they have reset the phone to factory settings – all phones are different but should have an ‘erase all data’ or ‘restore to factory settings’ option. You should do this, and then remove the SIM card before passing on phones. Don’t pass the SIM cards on – if you’re not going to put them in another phone then cut them up.

Swishes:  TBC

Sewing:      Among other sewing classes over February and March, on 20th March we have a session for a ‘repair and transform’ session.  Learn the sewing -machine basics with our volunteer expert, Olivia.  Take a look at our up coming events for more information and to book.

Discover the positive effect of re-use…

1) Save money:  Buying second hand items can often be much cheaper than buying new and you can often find amazing one-off deals.

2) Help your local community Donating items for re-use can help your local community, especially those in need, to buy items at an affordable price. By donating items for re-use you can give items away that you no longer want and know they will be appreciated by someone.

3) Save energy – Donating items for re-use helps save energy. A lot of energy goes into the production of new items so by re-using unwanted items first we can help reduce the need to produce new ones.

4) Protect the environment and conserve resources  – Every time new items are made, raw materials are used – Extracting (mining, quarrying and logging) raw materials creates substantial air and water pollution. We can help reduced this by re-using items where possible rather than buying new.

5) Reduce waste to landfill – You can help protect the environment as re-using items reduces the amount of waste sent to landfill. There are over 1,500 landfill sites in the UK, and in 2001, these sites produced a quarter of the UK’s emissions of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas.

There are many ways you can pass on your unwanted items for re-use, for ideas and inspiration see our pages on: