Give and Take days are free community exchange events run by North London Waste Authority (NLWA). Anyone can bring any good quality household item(s) that they no longer want and these items are then offered for free to anyone who would like them.
Donations of good quality large items can even be collected from your door in advance, free of charge, just visit wiseuptowaste.org.uk/GiveAndTakeDays to find out how.
A list of the north London events are below:
Barnet residents only
11.30 am – 2.30 pm on 4 February 2018 at East Barnet School, 5 Chestnut Grove, EN4 8PU
Enfield residents only
1 – 4 pm on 11 February 2018 at St Pauls Church, Church Hill, N21 1JA
Waltham Forest residents only
2-5 pm on 17 February 2018 at Harmony Hall, 10 Truro Road, E17 7BY
Islington residents only
11.30 am – 2.30 pm on 24 February 2018 at The Arc Centre, 98b St Paul Street, N1 7DF
Hackney residents only
During each event, the first hour is for donations of good quality items, and these are then offered for free during the final hour and a half.
NLWA is running the Give and Take day as part of its Wise Up To Waste programme, which encourages north London residents to waste less, and save money. The last series of events saw 14 tonnes worth of household items exchanged by residents. Councillor Clyde Loakes, Chair of NLWA said:
“These events give north London residents an opportunity to have a clear-out, or pick up something useful – at absolutely no cost. They’re also great because they extend the life of perfectly good furniture and household items which might otherwise have gone to disposal. I’d urge you to check out your local event - and you just never know what you might find!”
People bring all kinds of things to Give and Take Days – sofas, teapots, pianos, sewing machines, and even a bath tub! At last year’s Give and Take Day, Camden resident Marianna Dittborn found some fantastic toys for her daughter Violeta. Marianna said “It’s nice to be able to teach my daughter the importance of recycling and show her that sharing, giving and taking is such a great thing”
Reuse is the next best option to not creating any waste in the first place. 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? Reuse means you’ll be reducing your waste and helping someone else out. 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.