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Swap 'til you drop - and help cut waste!

Residents in the Tetbury area are being urged to swap till they drop in a bid to reduce waste.

A Swap Shop is being held at Cotswold Leisure, Tetbury, on Saturday, 22nd September, as part of a weekend of activities in the town organised by Cotswold District Council.

People will be able to drop off unwanted but reusable items which can then be taken away for free by anyone able to put them to good use.

The Council's Waste Manager, Scott Williams, said: "The recycling rate in the Cotswolds is rising, but encouraging residents to reduce what they throw away and reuse items wherever possible is even more important than recycling.

"Preventing waste in the first place is the best option for the environment. This Swap Shop aims to promote the idea of reusing items rather than throwing them away and it is a great opportunity for residents to donate goods they no longer want and even pick up items free of charge."

Residents will be able to exchange the following items at the Swap Shop:
  • Clean adults' and children's clothes but no underwear
  • Books, CDs and videos
  • Kitchen utensils and crockery
  • Board games and puzzles

And people will be able to take items away for free even if they have not dropped anything off.

The event will run from 10am to 2pm at the leisure centre in Lowfield Road, Tetbury, and anyone taking along items to swap is asked to do so between 9.30 and 10am if possible.

All items must be genuinely reusable, non-hazardous and clean. Anything left over at the end of the event will be recycled or given to local charities.

Council waste officers will be on hand to give out advice and information on waste and recycling services in the District and there will also be a recycling activity for youngsters who will be invited to make models out of junk materials.

Mr Williams added: "This event should enable a lot of unwanted items to be put to good use that might otherwise be dumped at landfill sites.

"Hopefully both the Swap Shop and the junk modelling will encourage people to reuse and recycle as much of their waste as possible."

Posted : 04/09/2007 22:24:02

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