Justice and Peace in Action, Recycling
Laudato Si - Praise be to you Lord
Pope Francis wrote this encyclical letter he called our attention to 'our
common home' and bade us do all that we can to care for our earth and protect
our common home for all those who follow after us.
For about 13 years I
have volunteered for a charity called 'Glasgow Play-Resource Association',
founded to support Playschemes and help with the sharing of craft resources
among different groups as well as sharing advice and ideas. This charitable
organisation, GPA, comprises an Arts and Crafts store, a Scrapstore and offers
affiliated members the chance to hire badge machines, die-cut machines with
dies to cut out shapes from cardboard and material, musical instruments and
The Scrapstore has a great variety of clean scrap such as
coffee sacks, shoe boxes, gift boxes, stationery boxes, sample books from
clothing manufacturers, paper, card, large rolls of foam, rolls of material,
buttons, zips, envelopes, posters, in fact anything that can be re-used. Many
of the goods in the Scrapstore would usually be sent to landfill and by
recycling them the GPA lessens the amount going to landfill. Regularly,
'Scrapswaps' are arranged when Scrapstores come together and exchange whatever
goods they have.
GPA has to apply for funding to allow the charity to continue
to run. Recently funding was received from Climate Challenge Fund and a very
successful project RePlay supported this. GPA is run mainly by Volunteers.
You may be
asking yourselves 'What can I do to help?' There are easy things you can do
with minimal effort. You can collect bottle tops, cellophane covers. GPA is also happy to accept buttons, zips,
knitting patterns, unused envelopes and a wide variety of items. I am willing
to come and collect items from you, perhaps once a month.
have now retired from my volunteering at the GPA I am passionate about the
whole field of recycling and am happy to give you further information if you
wish. By making some simple changes and with a little effort
we can all do our bit for our world and contribute to the care of our common
information may be received from:
Margaret Rose Bradley SND, email:
GPA Contact Details: Glasgow Play-Resource
Langside Lane, off 539
Glasgow G42 8BH
Scrap Materials List
following items can be donated to Glasgow Play-Resource Association.
Please ensure that all
items are clean and, if appropriate,washed
(e.g. Jars, bottle tops)
Glass jars with lids (please leave lids off).
CD / DVD cases.
Cardboard drums with lids.
Sweet/Biscuit containers/boxes/tins with lids.
Ice cream tubs with lids.
Cardboard tubes (from kitchen rolls etc)
White paper -
Coloured and black paper.
Gold/Silver paper or card.
Tissue and tracing paper
Wax and grease proof paper
Gift bags / boxes
Unused wallpaper rolls
Plastic Containers / Plastic
Cellophane - including the plastic sleeves that cover
greetings cards / plain plastic bags (please keep these flat so they can
Lids from bottles - plastic or
Plastic lids from milk cartons
Other Craft materialsWoolThreadMaterialButtonsKnitting needles Sewing needlesKnitting and sewing patterns
Unused Greetings cards
are unsure if items are suitable please contact
Play-Resource Association (GPA) for advice.
(see links page - Justice and Peace Issues)
Tuesday 1pm to 7.30pm (Winter Hours)
(Scrap Store closes at 7.15pm)
Wednesday and Friday 9.30am to 3.30pm
(Scrap Store closes at 3.15pm)
Please check website
for up-to-date Opening Hours
and Donations List