One man’s trash is indeed another man’s treasure, as the latest series of Give and Take community events held across north London certainly proved!
The Give and Take Days which were organised by North London Waste Authority (NLWA) through their Wise Up To Waste campaign, offered residents the opportunity to bring any household item(s) that they no longer needed, so that they could be offered to free to anyone who wants them, in an attempt to encourage reuse and maximise waste prevention.
As a result of the events, the unwanted items donated and collected from all of the 14 events held across north London, attracted almost seven hundred residents and resulted in almost 14 tonnes being diverted from landfill and put to good use.
Councillor Clyde Loakes, Chair of NLWA said:
“It was great to see so many people taking part in this year’s Give and Take Days and the huge amount of stuff we managed to reuse; this is a brilliant example of communities coming together to embrace recycling and reusing.”
People brought household items that they no longer wanted such as teapots, tv monitors, D.I.Y kits and even cots! Heavy and unwanted household goods, such as beds, fridges, sofas, computers and cookers were collected from homes and at the end of each event they were delivered to those that needed them, all free of charge. Reuse is the next best option to not creating any waste in the first place, it means that you’ll be reducing your waste and helping someone else out...
So before you recycle something, or at worst, throw it away, why not check whether there’s a way you can let someone else reuse it? And, if you need ‘something new’, check whether you can reuse someone else’s unwanted stuff, as it could save you money as well as help to reduce waste.
For further information on Give and Take days and how to reduce your waste, please visit the our 'Reuse' section