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Give and Take Days

Do you want to declutter your house? Do you want to clear out some of your household items? Or, fancy picking up something (good-as) new, for free? Then come to one of our seven Give and Take Days taking place in Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey, Islington and, Waltham Forest.

Please note that this year each event is only open to the residents of the borough the event is taking place- please see ‘how the events work’  for more information. We still offer a free collection of large items and you can register your collection at Free Bulky Collection.

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.

North London Waste Authority has been running Give and Take Days for a number of years. Last year, our events were attended by around 700 residents who brought along with them almost 14 tonnes of materials for reuse – that’s about the same weight as 8 cars! Give and Take Days help ensure that items which are still in a good condition are not just thrown away but offered for free to those that need them.

When and where are the Give and Take days happening?

Find an event near you! Click on the link for more information:

Camden residents only

11.30 am – 2.30 pm on 28 January 2018 at Haverstock School, 24 Haverstock Hill, Chalk Farm, NW3 2BQ

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

2.30 – 5.30 pm on 24 February 2018 at The Arc Centre, 98b St Paul Street, N1 7DF

Hackney residents only

2-5 pm on 25 February 2018 at Whiston and Goldsmith Hall, Goldsmiths Row, E2 8QY

All north London residents - Haringey priority

11.30 am - 2.30 pm on 4 March 2018 at Tottenham Community Sports Centre, 701-703 High Road, N17 8AD 


How the events work

Each event lasts for three hours; you can donate good quality items in the first hour and take what you need in the final one and a half hours. There will be a 30 minutes break between ‘giving’ and ‘taking’, to help us reorganise the room and allow you a better browsing among the items.

Please note that on the event day you will be asked to register in order to attend. Each event is only open to residents of the borough that the event is taking place and you may be asked to show proof of address- this can be your council tax, driving licence or utilities bills. 

After registration, you will be able to leave your unwanted item(s) in the designed drop-off area and you will be given a ticket to enter the room during the 'taking' part of the event.  Tickets are numbered from 1 onwards and ticket holders will enter the room based on the number they receive, for example, participant holding ticket number 1 will be at the front of the queue and will be the first person entering the room. Events can be really popular so you might expect a queuing time in order to register for the event and enter at the ‘taking’ time.

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.

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.

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, all items must be in a good and working condition. Soft furniture such as sofas, armchairs and mattresses will be accepted only if fire labelled. Electrical items will be PAT tested on the day by qualified electricians in order to check their safety. If they do not pass this test they may be returned back to you.

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), unwired electrical items, broken toys or broken, unsafe and dirty bric-a-brac

Please note that residents bringing unsuitable items will be asked to take them back with them.

Free collection and delivery of large household items

You can have large items such as furniture and white goods collected from your property free of charge by registering with us - registration will open in January . Please provide us with correct information to avoid missing your collection.

Bulky items will be collected from your house on the Saturday prior to your borough’s event taking place. Please note that collection will depend on availability and as we expect a high demand on this service we apply a First-Come, First-Served (FCFS) service policy.

Once we receive your collection query we will provide you with a time slot and upon you confirming you will be able to attend it, we will book your collection. Please note you should be present during the collection and leave your item(s) in a visible and accessible place. We do not collect items(s) from inside properties or item(s) that have been left unattended outside properties. For flats, items will need to be brought down to ground level.

At each event, we will display the collected items from households, for example sofas, armchairs, fridges, tables, etc., in a dedicated area. These items can be directly collected by you if you have your own transport or in case you will not have this possibility, we will be able to deliver them to your doorstep. Please note deliveries will happen just at the end of each event – ask staff on the day for the event manager to book your delivery.

No items outside of north London will be collected from households.  The collection/delivery service will be provided free of charge, however, it will be only offered to residents living in the borough where the event is held.