The South Ayrshire Youth Forum (SAYF) is hoping the wisdom in the age-old saying 'from rags to riches' holds true as they embark on an ambitious recycling scheme to raise cash for future events and activities.
They're taking part in the 'Rag Bag' scheme, an innovative recycling project developed to provide regular fundraising for schools, clubs, nurseries and various organisations across the UK.
Not only does the Rag Bag scheme increase awareness about recycling and help the environment by ensuring less material goes to landfill, it also pays for every kilo of recycled material received.
Now, SAYF are asking for old or unwanted clothing, paired shoes, handbags, ties, belts, soft toys, blankets and any household textiles to be bagged up and dropped off at the John Pollock Centre, Mainholm Road in Ayr to help them raise money for future events – all for the benefit of young people in South Ayrshire.
Maria McGough, Chair of SAYF commented: "Collecting unwanted textile items and shoes is a great way of helping to increase recycling rates, as well as offering us a chance to raise money for youth activities and events.
"Best of all, the scheme is completely free and we get paid for every kilogram recycled, literally giving us the chance to raise hundreds of pounds with every collection we make."
Items suitable for recycling include: all adults and children's clothing paired shoes, belts, handbags wallets etc, bedding to include sheets, pillow cases and duvet covers, curtains, towels and soft toys. CDs, DVDs and books are also accepted, but please mark all bags for the attention of SAYF.
Maria concluded: "It's really a win-win situation. Residents can us and also do their bit for the environment, by simply dropping off recyclable materials at the John Pollock Centre, Mainholm Road, Ayr."
To find out more, contact Rag Bag co-ordinator, Brian Borland on 01292 559390, or email firstname.lastname@example.org