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A GREEN initiative which got students to swap their clothes for a good cause has been hailed a success.

Young people at the University of Portsmouth arrived at their student union armed with bags of garments to give out.

(l-r) Maria Calvo (20), Mario Oliveros (22), vice president for welfare and community at the student union, Aman Rayaguru (19), Becky Adams (26), environment and recycling officer at Portsmouth City Council and Hannah Wilkinson (18) at the Student Clothes Swap.''Picture: Sarah Standing (14777-6183) PPP-140318-164548001

(l-r) Maria Calvo (20), Mario Oliveros (22), vice president for welfare and community at the student union, Aman Rayaguru (19), Becky Adams (26), environment and recycling officer at Portsmouth City Council and Hannah Wilkinson (18) at the Student Clothes Swap.''Picture: Sarah Standing (14777-6183) PPP-140318-164548001

In return, they took home new outfits and were taught about the importance of recycling in the city.

The event was held in aid of the Big Recycle scheme in Portsmouth which is raising the importance of reusing items which might otherwise just get thrown away.

More than 500 students signed up to the scheme and said they found the event to be a fun and quirky way to recycle.

Mark Williams, a third year student at the university said:

‘I saw the event on Facebook and thought it would be fun to come along and see what was being offered.

‘The event and Big Recycle incentive scheme makes recycling seem a little bit more fun, especially if you can win something so I have indeed signed up to the Big Recycle.

‘The swapping event has helped to make us students a little bit more aware and the whole sharing atmosphere is really good.’

Councillor Sandra Stockdale, cabinet member for environment and community safety said: ‘The event was a great success and we spoke to lots of students about important issues whilst having fun.

‘We had a high number of students signing up to the Big Recycle on the day after speaking to the recycling officers about how to recycle properly in the city.

‘We hope we have managed to raise awareness of recycling with these students and about reusing items.

‘Even though the event was great, we know we still have a long way to go to get Portsmouth recycling.

‘We have lots planned for the rest of year so watch this space.’

Domino’s Pizza provided food for the student event and the council has thanked Debenhams and Primark for providing clothes hangers and rails.

You can drop off old clothes at one of the city’s textile banks.

To find your nearest one, visit bigrecycle.portsmouth.gov.uk

To sign up to the Big Recycle, visit portsmouth.gov.uk or call (023) 9243 7843