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Reuse instruments says Scots musician

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Scottish music starlet Be Charlotte has backed a musical instrument amnesty

Musicians are being urged to recycle any unwanted instruments.

Hotly-tipped signer Charlotte Brimner – also known as Be Charlotte – launched a musical instrument amnesty for Zero Waste Scotland this week.

The campaign is being held as part of Pass it on Week and aims to prevent good-quality instruments from heading to the bin or being left gathering dust, and instead being used by someone else who can enjoy them.

Brimner – who recently signed a record deal with Columbia/Sony Music – said that she is passionate about ensuring that good instruments do not end up on the scrap heap.

"I previously donated an old acoustic guitar to someone my mum works with,” she said. “She runs a charity organisation encouraging people get involved in creativity and it's amazing to see the impact that the guitar has had on someone's life.

“That person is now gigging regularly and writing their own music, as well as learning to play some of his favourite songs. I feel that it is important that everyone has the opportunity to make music, even if it's just for fun.”

Pass it on Week, which runs from 10 to 18 March, aims to showcase reuse as a quality, attractive alternative to new – and offers Scots the chance to help others and the environment by keeping things in use.

Andrew Pankhurst, Zero Waste Scotland’s reuse campaigns manager, said: “It’s really exciting to be able to turn our annual focus on reuse towards music this year, and unleash the untapped potential of all the unplayed instruments out there, so it’s amazing to have such a talented young musician like Be Charlotte leading the call for people across Scotland to pass things on.”