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Give and Take Days

For the past six years, we have been running these popular community exchange events. Keep an eye on this page for details of our next series of events, which will take place in each of the seven north London boroughs of Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey, Islington and, Waltham Forest.

What is a Give and Take Day?

A Give and Take Day is a type of exchange event where people can bring any household item (s) that they no longer want. These items are then offered for free to anyone who would like them. You don’t need to bring something in order to take something else. There is a set ‘giving’ time, before the ‘taking’ begins.

The list of this year’s events can be found here, but please take a moment first to read about the free bulky waste collection and deliveries, how the events work, and what items we can and cannot accept.

How the events work and registration system

Events last for three hours; you can donate your good quality items in the first hour, and take other items in the final two hours. Please note that participants will be asked to register once at the event, and provided with a numbered ticket, allowing them to enter the 'taking' part of the event in order. Events can be really popular so you might expect a queuing time in order to enter the event at the ‘taking’ time.

Please note only adults will be allowed at events. Parents with children under the age of 12 can bring them but they must remain under the parents' supervision at all times.

Give and Take Days are free but we do ask that attendees are considerate to others and follow the rules of the event. If we receive complaints from other members of the public or our staff, or in the event of a public disturbance, we may ask those responsible to leave.

What we can and cannot accept

Yes please: small / large furniture, small / large electrical items, white goods, books, DVDs / CDs, garden ware, kitchen ware, bric-a-brac, IT equipment, DIY items / tools, clothes / shoes / accessories and toys / games.

Please note that all items must be in good and working conditions. Soft furniture such as sofas, armchairs and mattresses will be accepted only if fire-labelled. Electrical items will be PAT tested on the day in order to check their safety.

No thanks: broken, unsafe and dirty items including sharp or pointy items (knifes, blades, tweezers and scissors), rusty tools, underwear, open toiletry items (shampoo, conditioner and perfumes), dismantled furniture (unless still in original packaging), unwired electrical items, second-hand mattresses, broken toys or broken, VHS or cassette tapes, unsafe and dirty bric-a-brac – residents bringing such items will be asked to take them back with them.