Give and Take this New Year – free reuse events in north London
North London Waste Authority (NLWA), through its Wise Up To Waste campaign is offering residents of north London the opportunity to bring along unwanted items to a ‘Give and Take’ event near them, or pick up a treat, for free.
The purpose of Give and Take days is to encourage as many people as possible to reuse the items they no longer need by giving them away, which in turn may help someone else. They also ensure that items which are still in a good condition are not thrown away needlessly.
Councillor Clyde Loakes, Chair of NLWA says:
“The Give and Take initiative is a terrific example of how the community can learn and embrace different ways of recycling and reusing. Simple lifestyle changes and a greater understanding of waste reduction can make a huge difference to the environment. I would encourage anyone to get involved with their local event.”
There are 14 events taking place across the seven boroughs in Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Islington, Haringey, Islington and Waltham Forestthroughout January and February 2017. Events last for three hours; you can donate your good quality items in the first two hours, and take other items for free in the final hour.
14 January 2017, from 1pm to 4pm at Trinity at Bowes Methodist Church & Centre Plus, Palmerston Road, Haringey, London, N22 8RA
15 January 2017, from 1.15pm to 4.15pm at Hornsey Vale Community Centre, 60 Mayfield Road, Harringay, London, N8 9LP
21 January 2017, from 12pm to 3pm at Highgate Civic and Cultural Centre, Chester Road, Highgate, London, N19 5DH
22 January 2017, from 12pm to 3pm at Barnet Multi Cultural Community Centre, Algernon Road, London, NW4 3TA
28 January 2017, from 12pm to 3pm at Aubert Court Community Centre, Avenell Rd, Highbury, London N5 1BT
29 January 2017, from 12pm to 3pm at Connaught School, Connaught Road, Leytonstone, London E11 4AB
04 February 2017, from 12pm to 3pm at Wendling TRA Hall, 117 Wellesley Road, Kentish Town, London, NW5 4PA
05 February 2017, from 12pm to 3pm at Geffrye Community Centre, Falkirk Street, Hackney, London, N1 6SD
11 February 2017, from 12pm to 3pm at St Monica’s Church - Intimate Theatre, 1 Stonard Road, Palmers Green, London, N13 4DJ
12 February 2017, from 12pm to 3pm at Haringey Irish Centre, Pretoria Road, Tottenham, London, N17 8DX
18 February 2017, from 12pm to 3pm at East Barnet Baptist Church, Crescent Road, Barnet, EN4 8PS
19 February 2017, from 12pm to 3pm at Vibast Community Centre, Bartholomew Court, 163 Old Street, EC1V 9NH
25 February 2017, from 12pm to 3pm at Milton Gardens Community Hall, Chaucer Court, Shakespeare Walk, London N16 8TA
26 February 2017, from 3pm to 6pm at St Mary’s Welcome Centre, Church Hill, Walthamstow, E17 3RH
Having a big clear out will not only free up space and create order in your home, but it should also make you feel better and more organised.
Here are some top tips to help you with have a successful de-clutter at home:
1. Give yourself enough time - whether this is a morning or a whole day – it may take longer than you think!
2. Make it enjoyable - try putting on your favourite tunes in the background, to keep you motivated and uplifted – you could even get some friends involved for extra help, or a second opinion.
3. Make sure you have enough boxes or bags - put things into piles and pack things into boxes or bags as you go along – one for recycling, one for selling and one for donating for reuse at a ‘Give and Take’ event of course!
4. If you’re re-organising your wardrobe take everything out - this may be a scary prospect, but the key is to take everything out and start afresh.
5. Be ruthless - If it’s a piece of clothing or household item, ask yourself whether you have worn it or used it in the past 12 months?
If the answer is no, then you are probably unlikely to again....
Please also parents with children under the age of 12 can bring them but they must remain under the parents' supervision at all times.
For further information, please visit our Give and Take Day page here.